The Fort St. John Soccer Club sent two teams to Quesnel for the annual Goldpan Tournament, April 13 to 14.
Both the U13 boys and U18 boys won gold in their divisions, topping the three other teams in each division.
The U18 team had a roster of 6 players made up of various ages. It was a full weekend for the boys with four games scheduled, plus the final game. The first game was against Williams Lake and the score was 2-1. The second game on Saturday was against Quesnel, and the boys took the win with a 5-1 score. Sunday, we played Quesnel and won 6-1. Our last game was against Williams Lake again and the score was once again 2-1 for Fort St. John. We faced Quesnel in the gold medal game and took first place with a score of 8-1.
Most of the boys haven’t been able to play on a competitive team this season due to not enough players for a team, so it was great for them to have a tournament before many move on to college and/or university. The boys showed excellent footwork and worked on passing, positioning and working together as a team. The player of the tournament for our team was Colby Snider, our keeper, who kept busy ensuring that the other teams were unable to gain any further points on us. A great time was had by all and we definitely recommend other teams take advantage of this tournament in future years.
The U13 team started with a win against Quesnel. With a win under their belt they were on to play 100 Mile house, which handed Fort St. John a 2-1 loss. On Sunday morning, the team played Williams Lake and came away with a lopsided victory before playing 100 Mile House again for gold. The Northern Strikers came out very sluggish in the first half and were lucky to have a 0-0 tie. In the second half we were the only team to score (an own goal), and a tiebreaker to take the game to a shootout. In the shootout, the boys only needed two shots to win as Nicholas Macmillan-Watson made three great saves, and Cyprus Palfy netted the only goal needed for the win!
— Fort St. John Soccer Club