Soccer champs crowned at outdoor championships

For the under-nine soccer team, the competition starts before the first kick of the ball - before the team even takes the field.

For the under-nine soccer team, the competition starts before the first kick of the ball – before the team even takes the field.

“Our starting seven are the kids who showed up first to the field, so it was a real competition to be on the field at the beginning,” said coach Drew Whittaker. “That’s the attitude you want. These kids have their favourite positions, but they did what was in the interest of the team.”’s passion to play served them well this season. The team, which nicknamed themselves the Blue Mustangs, went undefeated all season to win U9 gold at the 2015 Yukon Outdoor Soccer Championships at Vanier Catholic Secondary on Sunday.

“They had the right attitude, they really wanted to play,” said Whittaker.

“I’ve coached for a few years and these are a special bunch of kids and I hope they stay in the game.”

The Blue Mustangs clinched gold with a 3-1 win over Castle Rock Enterprises in the final. Leading the way for the Blue Mustangs, who won 13 straight matches this season, was Beau Yurchak-Lovelace with two goals in the final.

“It’s nice to score, but it’s also nice to assist,” said Yurchak-Lovelace. “I was feeling good when all of a sudden I had a breakaway and boom – goal!”

“I also like that the team is awesome. They pass and they make sure everyone is OK.”

The Blue Mustangs’ other scorer was Gavin McKenna. Hudson Sias scored for Castle Rock.

“I made quite a few saves and I’m happy about that,” said Blue Mustangs goalkeeper Isaiah Fraser. “I let in one goal and I’m proud I didn’t let in three others.

“Leo (Whittaker) played really good defence and Gavin (McKenna) played really well trying to push up and score,” he added. “I’m so proud we won gold. I’ve never won gold before, I usually win silver.”

Murraya Dental drilled Yukon Yamaha 6-1 to capture the U9 bronze. Bryn Studney-Amos scored a hat trick for Murraya in the match.

Tim Hortons evades Gators’ bite

One team got gold medals and Timbits on Sunday.

Tim Hortons out-scored the Gators 3-1 to take gold in the U10 final.

“We pulled together as a team, everyone did their best and we had great goaltending from Cameron (Geier) and Myles (Terry),” said Hortons coach Doug Terry.

“The teams were close going into this final game. It was a nice win for us for sure.”

Tim Hortons’ Ryder Brulotte scored twice and teammate Cassi Cebuliak once in the final. Ashton Payne scored for the Gators.

The Yellow Bombers defeated the Sliders 6-0 for bronze. Bombers’ Gabby Hassard scored her first two career goals in the match.

Wild Bunch squeaks out win in final

The Wild Bunch didn’t look like medal contenders at the start of the season, but they took the best medal of all at the end – despite missing a key player.

“We were fairly weak all season and then came up,” said Wild Bunch coach Deb Wild. “Our best player (Sawyer Adams) wasn’t here for the final game and we still did well.”

In the closest championship match on the day, the Wild Bunch claimed U11 gold with a tight 2-1 win over Locksmith Services in the final.

Emerson Wild and Lucas Henders scored for the Wild Bunch and Kade Bringsli put one in for the Locksmith crew.

“There was lots of positive energy with the kids, gave them a position to play and they got better and better,” said Deb. “I’m really pleased with the team. They’ve excelled incredibly and they’ve all been really positive players. It’s been great.”

The Deli sliced up a 2-1 double-overtime win over the Panthers for the bronze. Deli’s Ty Beacon scored both of his team’s goals in the match.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speak at a COVID-19 update press conference in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. On Nov. 24, Silver and Hanley announced masks will be mandatory in public places as of Dec. 1, and encouraged Yukoners to begin wearing masks immediately. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Masks mandatory in public places starting on Dec. 1

“The safe six has just got a plus one,” Silver said.

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 30. Hanley announced three more COVID-19 cases in a release on Nov. 21. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three more COVID-19 cases, new exposure notice announced

The Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, announced three… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: COVID-19 strikes another blow at high-school students

They don’t show up very often in COVID-19 case statistics, but they… Continue reading

The Cornerstone housing project under construction at the end of Main Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. Community Services Minister John Streicker said he will consult with the Yukon Contractors Association after concerns were raised in the legislature about COVID-19 isolation procedures for Outside workers at the site. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Concerns raised about alternate self-isolation plans for construction

Minister Streicker said going forward, official safety plans should be shared across a worksite

Beatrice Lorne was always remembered by gold rush veterans as the ‘Klondike Nightingale’. (Yukon Archives/Maggies Museum Collection)
History Hunter: Beatrice Lorne — The ‘Klondike Nightingale’

In June of 1929, 11 years after the end of the First… Continue reading

Samson Hartland is the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines. The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during its annual general meeting held virtually on Nov. 17. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon Chamber of Mines elects new board

The Yukon Chamber of Mines elected a new board of directors during… Continue reading

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Annual report says COVID-19 had a large impact visitation numbers at Whitehorse General

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

City council was closed to public on March 23 due to gathering rules brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is now hoping there will be ways to improve access for residents to directly address council, even if it’s a virtual connection. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Solution sought to allow for more public presentations with council

Teleconference or video may provide opportunities, Roddick says

Megan Waterman, director of the Lastraw Ranch, is using remediated placer mine land in the Dawson area to raise local meat in a new initiative undertaken with the Yukon government’s agriculture branch. (Submitted)
Dawson-area farm using placer miner partnership to raise pigs on leased land

“Who in their right mind is going to do agriculture at a mining claim? But this made sense.”

Riverdale residents can learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s plan to FireSmart a total of 24 hectares in the area of Chadburn Lake Road and south of the Hidden Lakes trail at a meeting on Nov. 26. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Meeting will focus on FireSmart plans

Riverdale residents will learn more details of the City of Whitehorse’s FireSmarting… Continue reading

The City of Whitehorse is planning to borrow $10 million to help pay for the construction of the operations building (pictured), a move that has one concillor questioning why they don’t just use reserve funds. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Councillor questions borrowing plan

City of Whitehorse would borrow $10 million for operations building

Most Read