Gold medal matches got consecutively tighter and tighter as the day went on at the Yukon Soccer Outdoor Championships on Sunday.
The under-nine division ended 4-0, the under-10 2-0 and the under-11 in double overtime at the cross-field championships at Vanier Catholic Secondary.
“I don’t think we were the best team to begin with, there were a lot of fair teams out there, we just managed to pull it together in the end,” said Castle Rock coach Taryn Hill.
“We tried to play the players who play the best together on at the same time.”
Castle Rock captured U9 gold with a 4-0 win over Titan Gaming in the final. They squeaked into the playoffs after finishing fourth out of six teams in the round robin before beating All Paws Vet Clinic 3-1 in the semifinal.
Castle Rock, who tied Titan Gaming 0-0 in the round robin, took the final with two goals from Cameron Bringsli and individuals from Samuel Watson and Noah Kinney. Caleb Mercier backstopped the team in net.
“The whole season was really fun – it was my first time out there coaching. These guys were a blast, they did really well, it was great,” said Hill.
Medicine Chest pocketed the bronze in 4-1 win over All Paws. Chris McCarron scored three goals and teammate Quinn Mostyn added another in the bronze match.
U10 decided in 2-0 battles
Castle Rock Enterprises went two-for-two over the weekend.
After winning U9 gold, another team sponsored by the construction company won gold in U10 with a 2-0 shutout-win over Yukon Yamaha.
“I could not be prouder of my players. They are all wonderful little children and they played their hearts and souls out every play,” said Castle Rock coach Chad Fraser. “We out-hustled the teams and that’s why we’re on top.”
Castle Rock, who lost to Yukon Yamaha 2-0 in the round robin, won the final with second-half goals from Jackson Berry and Beau Yurchak-Lovelace.
Keeper Landon Locke kept the net clean for Castle Rock in the final.
“He made some amazing saves … played fantastic all tournament,” said Fraser. “He kicked the ball farther than any other goalie and it helped us so much being able to clear the ball past halfway every time he had the ball in his hands.”
Tim Hortons served the Red Rockets a donut in the bronze match, winning 2-0. Ben Qually scored both goals and goalkeepers Misa Svoboda and Robbie Parsons put up a wall in net.
Sport Yukon takes U11 gold in double OT
Out of the 18 teams at the championships over the weekend, only one went undefeated.
Sport Yukon produced an undefeated record en route to gold in the U11 division.
They defeated Talk of the Town Restaurant 4-3 in double overtime in the final. Sport Yukon’s one blemish on the record was a tie against Talk of the Town in the round robin.
“We tied that team 1-1 in the first game of the round robin, so I knew it was going to be tight,” said Sport Yukon coach Mark London. “They are a very strong team and they play well. I’m just proud of all the kids.
“We went undefeated in the tournament, but there were times we were down and the kids rallied together and did a great job.”
Sport Yukon’s Daniel Phillips-Freeman scored twice and teammate Si MacDowell once, in regulation. With two minutes left in the second overtime, Sam Sikkes got past a defender and booted in the game-winner.
Jacobs Industries took the bronze, winning 2-1 over Robert Service Campground in a shootout.