Northern Strikers win gold at Caledonia Cup

Fort St. John's Northern Strikers Under 17 Girls team won gold at the Caledonia Cup in Edmonton over the long weekend.

The Strikers went 3-1 at the soccer tournament held Nov. 8 to 11, and outscored their opponents 8 to 3.

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The Strikers won their first match 3-2 against Mackenzie United Soccer Club from Calgary, with goals scored by Maddison Holloway, Shenae Connell, and Kate Doucette.

The team would play Phoenix-Ernscliffe from Sherwood Park to a 0-0 draw in their second match.

The Strikers beat Mackenzie United a second time in their third matchup of the tournament, winning 2-1 with goals by Shenae Connell and Maddison Holloway.

The Strikers dominated Scottish United-Corbalan 3-0 in their fourth and final match, with goals scored by Maddison Holloway, Nicole Prevost, and Isabella Ziebart.

The Strikers won Tier 2 gold by goal differential against Phoenix-Ernscliffe, which went home with silver with a 3-1 record and goal differential over their opponents of three. 

Tannis Strebchuk earned two shutout victories in net. Strebchuk is usually a centre back but stepped in when Alex Larios got injured, the team said.

With three goals, Holloway was tied as the top scoring leader in the tournament.

The Strikers were joined by Shenae Connell, Kate Doucette, and Alex Larios of the Grande Prairie United Soccer Club at the tournament.

This is the first Tier 2, small sided tournament the Strikers have played this winter. They play again at the FC Memorial tournament from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2020.

Before then several players are headed to Prince George for a UNBC Timberwolves Women’s Soccer Identification Camp from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. The team expects a few will be invited to join former FSJ Soccer Club players Claire Turner and Kenzie Chilcott, who currently play for the Timberwolves.  

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

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