By Logan Pierce
The Carihi senior boys soccer team kicked off the year with their Carihi Fall Classic preseason tournament Sept. 23 and 24.
The boys beat Langley Christian School (3-1) and Gulf Islands (3-1) on Thursday, with strong performances from Gus Seifert, Ty Ludwikowski and Kazu Iwamoto. Exchange students Yuku, Janik and Kazu Kawamura played a crucial role in the victory’s providing a combined six goals and assists. On the second day, Carihi beat Dover Bay in a 6-0 win with a great offensive performance from Markus Shankar. Carihi was later humbled in their fourth game against a talented Isfeld side and lost the game 3-1.
On Sept. 28, the Carihi senior boys had their first league play day of the 2021 season. After being beat in the Fall Classic 3-1 by Isfeld, the Tyee’s bounced back with a dominant 5-1 win. Carihi came out full force, scoring their first goal within 10 minutes. After the first goal, the rest came pouring in and the Tyees took a 3-0 lead into the half. Carihi won the match in the end 5-1 with Markus Shankar and Emile Abele providing 2 goals each, with the fifth scored by freshman Tyrell Price.
The Tyees had their second match of the day against a well-coached Brooks team from Powell River. A win in the next game would get the Tyees one step closer to the North Island championships. The Tyees followed their first result by defeating Brooks in a very commanding 4-0 performance. Emile Abele scored two, and Sam Borrie scored in his first day back from injury with a beautiful long range goal that found its way into the bottom right corner. The boys recorded their first clean sheet of the regular season.
Overall, it was a great start for the Tyees. They have their second league play-day in Courtney Oct. 14 once again against Isfeld and Brooks.