Strikers host Juneau for weekend matches

The Yukon Strikers and the Juneau Soccer Club wrapped up the indoor season with a weekend packed with soccer action.

The Yukon Strikers and the Juneau Soccer Club wrapped up the indoor season with a weekend packed with soccer action.

The two rep soccer clubs went head-to-head in a series of exhibition matches over the weekend at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse.

The point wasn’t to see which was the stronger club, but to give the clubs some game time against other opponents, something both clubs need.

“Since both clubs are in the same position, neither of us have enough kids to have a league in each age group, we’re looking for games to play,” said Juneau U14 girls coach John Newell. “That’s the whole point of this trade off. We come up here with as many teams as we can and play as many games as we can. We’re not too concerned with results, just good soccer.

“In the summer time you’ll all come down and play us. We house each other, feed each other, try to keep the cost down for the parents, and try to keep it as fun as possible.”

About 150 players took part in the exhibition matches as eight Yukon Strikers teams welcomed 11 Juneau squads. Scores from the matches were not recorded.

“We would send all our girls teams to Juneau and they would send all their boys teams here and the next year it would alternate,” said Strikers coach Tony Gaw. “It lasted for quite a while and then for some reason it stopped. So last year we got it going again.

“It’s excellent. The kids have lots of fun, they get games to play. We don’t get a lot of competition, so it’s really good.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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