Campbell River’s Josh Rolland drives to the net in U15 Boys Upper Island Riptide action earlier this season.

Upper Island Riptide U15 boys going strong

The Marine Harvest U15 Boys Upper Island Riptide soccer team holds a strong mid-season record of  10-1-1.

The team represents the North Island in the Vancouver Island Premier League and is comprised of players from the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Powell River.

The team was crowned 2016 Provincial A Cup Champions last year and are focused on repeating this accomplishment again in 2017.

The boys earned four wins and one tie over the last five games against lower-Island teams.

The team has a very potent and well balanced attack. The creative midfielders led by returning Riptide players Sam Purcell, Cameron Bell, Brayden Hues, Corson Arbour and newcomer Josh Rolland have been very successful feeding strikers Jerod Timothy, Spencer  Fleming and Alonso Cortez.

Alonso Cortez has had multiple goal games this season and is always creating havoc in the opponents 18 yard box.

The defence has allowed only 18 goals in 12 games. Centerbacks Scott Gilfillan, Jakob Tortorelli and outside backs Andrew Petrovic, Macyn Leopkey Johnson, Josh Kalhous and Kennie Jollife have played patient and aggressive defence. Jackson Bowles has done an amazing job stepping up to be the goaltender this year.

The team has four regular season games left before playoffs commence in mid February. Their next home game will be on Jan. 8 at the Robron turf in Campbell River versus the Storm (Nanaimo).

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