Girls soccer team starts strong

Senior girls squad reaches the final in season-opening tournament.

The Mount Baker senior girls soccer team reached the final of their season-opening tournament in Kelowna this past weekend, kicking off a successful start to their 2013 campaign.

The team won their first three games over Friday and Saturday, but were beaten 3-0 by Mount Boucherie in the final game, which gave the Baker girls a silver medal.

It was the first time the team had played in game situations, and head coach Jimmy Robinson was impressed by what he saw.

“They played really, really well,” said Robinson. “What I noticed from this weekend is, we are very strong defensively, I know the 3-0 score doesn’t really show that, but that Mount Boucherie was beating other teams by 5-0, 6-0 and 7-0.”

The Baker girls cruised through Similkameen Secondary School with a 2-1 win, and followed up with a 4-0 victory against  St. Ann’s Academy on Friday.

The Wild rolled into Saturday with their undefeated record and downed their hosts, Immaculata Regional High School, by a score of 1-0 to put them into the final against Mount Boucherie.

“They’re a very, very strong school,” said Robinson, of their championship opponents. “Have been for years.”

However, the Wild put on a good game, which was centred around their strong defensive corps.

“They played really, really well,” said Robinson. “What I noticed from this weekend is, we are very strong defensively, I know the 3-0 score doesn’t really show that, but that Mount Boucherie was beating other teams by 5-0, 6-0 and 7-0.”

Robinson singles out the performance of his goaltender, Alex Juricic, as one of the keys to the team’s successful run over the weekend.

“Our goalie, Alex Juricic, was absolutely outstanding,” said Robinson. “I had numerous referees and parents and coaches from other teams come up and say she did a very good job, and I couldn’t agree more.

“…Alex really stood out on the defensive end, along with our sweeper, Erin White.

“Offensively, Alyssa Rundberg [stood out]—she scored four of our total goals.”

The senior girls team will stay home this weekend, as three squads from around the region will come to town on the weekend for some informal game experience at the Mount Baker school field.