Northern Strikers teams win silver, bronze in Edmonton tournament

The Fort St. John Soccer Club sent six Northern Strikers teams to Edmonton last weekend for the 2019 FC Memorial Challenge, winning one silver and two bronze medals. 

The U13 Boys won their first two games, shutting out their opponents, but lost 4-3 in the final to win the silver. 

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The U17 Girls, competing in Tier 3, started their tournament with a 1-1 tie against Grande Prairie United and a 2-0 win over Airdrie FC. In the third game, they beat the St. Albert Impact 2-1, and won bronze, despite going undefeated and allowing just two goals on the weekend. Goalie Alyssa Orser had a great weekend, allowing just two goals in three games. 

The U17 Boys played in three exciting up and down games on way to finishing in a tie for the bronze medal with Grande Prairie. The Strikers jumped out to a 5-1 win against Xtreme FC, but were short a man and had just 10 players, and held on just enough in the second half to win 5-4. The boys lost 2-1 in the next game to a different Xtreme FC team, but once again scored a lot of goals in the third game, tying Grande Prairie United 4-4. 

The U15 Girls, went undefeated in Tier 3, tying both Millwood Selects and Grande Prairie United 4-4, and scored seven goals in a win in their third game. Neveah Mohninger had four goals in the three games, while Shayne Turner, Paige McPherson, and Brynn Kielo each had three goals. 

The U15 Boys beat Foothills United 12-4 and Xtreme FC 3-2, but lost to St. Albert Impact 3-0. They tied with two teams with points for third, but ultimately placed fifth as a result of their goal differential. 

The U13 Girls had a rough weekend, losing all three games they played, with two coming in a blowout. However, Marti Kielo and Katelyn Giesbrecht did score two goals each for the Strikers. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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