The Campbell River U12 Boys soccer team played host this weekend to seven teams from the Upper Island Soccer Association.
The Campbell River boys had their first match of the day against Port Alberni. After a slow start, the boys got a few close opportunities from corner kicks by Sam Budden. The first well-placed ball by Budden created an opportunity for Stefan van de Vlasakker but the ball went wide. On the next corner, Trevor Nast tried heading into the net only to have the ball also go wide. Minutes before the halftime whistle, Budden dropped the ball back to keeper Carson Jennings who passed it out to Patrick Medrano on the side. Medrano and Dean Ciarniello began a series of give and go’s up the left side of the field which ended in a cross by Medrano to Ciarniello who popped it into the left corner of the net.
In the second half, the boys came out strong offensively but were unable to finish until Budden’s corner kick found Nast’s head making the score 2-0. Jennings came up with a diving save minutes before the final whistle to preserve the clean slate.
The second game had the U12 boys up against a fleet-footed Harbour City Football Club.
Although the boys managed to keep possession of the ball more than half the game, they were unable to finish and went down 4-0 to the stronger Nanaimo team.
The final game of the day was against the Midisle Highlanders who came out strong, scoring within minutes of the opening whistle.
Campbell River was unable to finish in the first half but with some strong defense by Sam Gale they held Midisle to one goal.
The second half saw a much stronger offense by Campbell River but despite numerous attempts, they were unable to convert until Budden kicked a corner that Brad Cooke got a knee on and the game finished in a 1 – 1 tie.
As well as hosting a successful jamboree, a bake sale was held to raise money for victims in the Philippines. Hot chocolate was donated by Pathfinder Travel and the team raised $322.