Nicholas Mitchell

U-15 Boys tops in league despite loss

With a 5-2-1 record, team sits one point ahead of Gorge/Lakefill

The U-15 Boys Riptide team went in to last Sunday’s game against Juan de Fuca/Sooke (JDF) feeling quite confident that they could come home with a win. Why not? The team has had a great start to the 2014-2015 season and they beat JDF 5-0 when the teams met in September.

Unfortunately, this weekend, though not due to lack of effort, the Riptide boys could not get the ball to cross the JDF goal line.

Riptide Head Coach Bruce Mitchell said his team, “played a great game that was very entertaining to watch.  There were long sequences when we played great possession soccer. We attacked from the wings and down the centre. We had lots of corner kicks and we had a couple of great opportunities with free kicks.”

“The boys played really well defensively against a motivated opponent,” added Riptide’s assistant coach, Troy Perras. “We did everything but score. Sometimes stuff like this happens and the best thing we can do is to forget about it. The most important thing is how we played as a team. We executed the game plan and consistently dominated play – that’s what we should take away from this game.”

The Riptides now have a record of five wins, two losses, and one tie, giving them a total of sixteen points, which puts them in first place in the league – one point ahead of Gorge/Lakefill.

The Riptide’s next game is Sunday, Nov. 9, when they host third place Saanich at noon at Valleyview #1 in Comox.