The tougher the win, the sweeter it is, says Vector Research player Abby Rich.
“It was a very intense game, but that makes the victory even better,” said Rich.
“We won most of our league games, but all the teams were pretty even. I think it was just luck – a couple players bursting through and scoring.”
Vector Research went undefeated to take gold in U13 at the Yukon Soccer Outdoor Championships on Sunday at Vanier Catholic Secondary. The team produced four straight wins, three coming by just one goal, including the final.
Vector squeaked out a 4-3 win over The Deli in the final with a come-from-behind effort.
Trailing 3-2 with five minutes left, Rich scored her second of the match on a corner kick (deflected off a Deli player) to tie it.
Emmett Ross scored Vector’s second goal and Dylan Currie scored the game-winner in double over time on a short shot in front.
“I’ve been coaching Whitehorse minor since my kid was under seven and this is about my 15th team, and today is my first victory coaching these kids,” said Vector coach Chris Ross. “I’ve lost in the final several times, so it feels pretty good.”
Rich was “the player of the tournament out of all the teams,” he added.
The Deli’s Nathan Scully scored two goals and Ivan Johnson one in the final.
Yukon Pump took the bronze with a 7-0 win over the Smart Phone Guy. Simon Hassard scored twice for Pump.
“Connor Cozens was dominant,” said Rich of her teammate. “Every time he passed down the wing, he’d cross it and we’d usually score. And Kaelen Lewis was one of the best players because he’d always pass, could shoot, score and get around people, too.”
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