The newly named Campbell River Wave U13 girls Rep soccer team travelled across to Powell River on Sunday for their second game of the season.
Thirteen athletes travelled off the island to play in the sweltering heat on this last day of summer and had their first experience on a turf field. Even with only two spares players, and many changes to field positions, these girls showed great skill and tenacity throughout the entire game. Communication and solid team effort were a pleasure to watch. Game Captain Inara Jhawer led by example as she pushed hard to find openings and get ball possession.
Sandrine Daniels and Lavenia Rendall forced plays by keeping up the pressure at all times. Haley Wingert, Nyla Haider and Shelby Cyr were excellent at setting up passes and moving the ball. Rowen Flood, Kate Regier and Emily McLean continually frustrated the Stingers with their strong defense. Holly Crosby and Jessica Revoy kept Powell River on the move with their incredible speed.
Many amazing saves by Goalkeepers Kayla Lund and Amelia Nimmon kept the crowd on the edges of their seats. Together this made for a truly exciting game.
The Wave really worked well together for the entire first half, getting possession of the ball, making plays and maintaining a solid defense. The Powell River Stingers only managed their first goal near the end of the half, after an epic struggle at net from a corner kick.
The Wave kept the pressure on and managed to keep the Stingers on the run the rest of the half. Shortly past halftime, Powell River managed their second goal.
The Wave rallied, but were unable to reply. The final saw Campbell River down 0-2.