Advancing into the under-12 division marks a big step for Whitehorse soccer players. That’s when they go from playing half-field to full-field.
However, the doubling of the soccer field’s dimensions didn’t tire the Coates Services team as they scored three second-half goals to defeat Impact Well Drilling 3-1 Wednesday at the Vanier field.
“Overall, I think they’re doing pretty well,” said Coates coach John Pereira. “They’re getting used to all that extra running they have to do. That’s the hardest part.”
Coates had the advantage of playing one full-field game before Wednesday. The team began the season with a 2-2 tie against Medicine Chest. Impacts’ season opener was cancelled due to weather.
Pereira says he could see a marked improvement from their first game.
“They’re not standing around as much and their passing is better,” said Pereira. “They’re not just kicking the ball as soon as they get it.”
For Impact, there’s still some getting used to it, said coach Peter Grundmanis.
“They have not gotten used to it,” he said. “They think they have a much smaller space than they do. Once they learn to spread out and take the time to get the ball to the open person, they’ll be fine.”
Midway through the first, Impact opened the scoring with Mustafa Syed squeezing a long shot between the post and Coates’ netminder Timber Schroff.
Undeterred, Schroff ended up getting the game winner in the second, scoring from in front on a pass out of the corner.
Teammate Brayden Klassen tied the game 1-1 early in the second and Alex Hansen put his team out of reach with the final goal.
For her legwork, Katarina Fekete was named Coates’ MVP.
“She really hustled,” said Pereira. “She had a rough first game—she didn’t make it through the game—but this game she had a lot of energy out there.”
Getting the corresponding honour for Impact was goalkeeper Tia Oster.
“I know she played goal before and, when I asked for a volunteer, she said, ‘Yeah, I’ll go,’” said Grundmanis.
“She basically kept us in the game in the first half. She stopped a dozen point-blank shots—diving and everything. If it had not been for her good saves the score easily would have been 10-1.”
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