The Yukon Selects S.C. won two medals with first and second place finishes at the Whitehorse Futsala Tournament over the weekend.
The Selects team (2002/03 age group) was split into two squads – Whitehorse Orange and Whitehorse Blue – and met in the final on Sunday at Vanier Catholic Secondary School.
Orange defeated Blue 5-0 for the title.
“We’re pretty happy. It’s always good to play futsal, I really like it,” said Orange player Andrew Roberts of the fast style of indoor hard-court soccer that is growing in popularity. “We were very organized defensively and we could get out of the back quickly and score goals.”
Both teams arrived in the final undefeated with Orange finishing with a 4-0 record.
Orange took the match with goals from Ashton Bryant, Andrew Roberts, Ben Kishchuk and two from Andreas Lavanderos. Goalkeeper Callum Weir in net for the shutout.
The tournament featured 10 teams – five Whitehorse and five Juneau – in the futsal tourney. (Younger teams from Whitehorse and Juneau squared off in regular indoor soccer tournament at the Canada Games Centre with no final standings.)
“I think our team probably could have communicated better, but it was fun,” said Blue player Jason Sealy. “It was pretty awesome Juneau could come here and play with us and hopefully we can do it again.”
“I’d like to thank Juneau for coming to play with us. It was a good tournament,” added Roberts.
It was a similar story in the girls futsal final. The Juneau Thrive was cleaved into two squads and they battled to reach the final where Juneau 1 (in red) beat Juneau 2 (in white) 1-0 with a goal from Ellie Knapp.
“I’m very proud of these girls. They were able to bring it back from some hard losses,” said Juneau coach Josh Odum. “We actually started with a 5-0 (loss) to Whitehorse and they were able to bring it back by goal differential. Both teams worked very hard to get first and second place.
“Now I get to go home and they get to shave my head. That was the bet. They said, ‘If we get first and second, will you let us shave your head?’ And I said sure.”
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