The Marine Harvest U15 Boys Upper Island Riptide soccer team won the VIPL Island Championship on a crisp night in early March at the Comox Valley turf field.
The team has qualified for the A Cup Provincial Championships to be hosted by Surrey in early July. The boys were crowned 2016 Provincial A Cup Champions last year and they are very focused on repeating this amazing accomplishment again this summer.
The championship game was played against their arch rival Nanaimo Storm. After the first half there was no score until Alonso Cortez pounced on a loose ball in the 18 yard box and fired home the goal to give the Riptide a 1-0 lead. The time was ticking down and with about five minutes left in the game, and after intense pressure by the Storm they scored on a corner kick to tie it 1-1. Two halves of overtime did not produce a winner so it was off to the nail biting penalty kicks. The PK’s went down to the final kicks and the Riptide prevailed over a great team from Nanaimo.
The U15 boys are hosting a Coastal Cup quarterfinal game this Sunday at 1 p.m. against West Van FC at the Comox Valley Turf. The Riptide U14 Girls and U16 Girls also host Coastal Cup games this weekend at 12:30 and 2 on Saturday, April 8 and will also be heading to the Provincials in July.