Selkirk soccer team storms into provincials

Kimberley squad looks to challenge for the provincial title in Rossland this weekend.

The Selkirk Secondary senior girls soccer squad is off to Rossland for their provincial tournament.

The Selkirk Secondary senior girls soccer squad is off to Rossland for their provincial tournament.

The senior girls soccer team out of Kimberley’s high school is ready to storm into provincials this weekend in the West Kootenays, as they head to Rossland on the hunt for a provincial title.

The Selkirk Storm have had a dominating season and the team is looking to keep their success going against some stronger competition from around the province.

“We’re just really excited to play other teams that have similar skills to us,” said Teagan Jarrett, a Grade 12 midfielder with the team. “This year, we’ve been pretty dominant, so it’ll give us more of a challenge to be playing teams who will have the same skills and challenge us back just as hard to see where we are on a provincial level.

“If we are one of the best—I don’t think we’re on the bottom—I think we can do really well.”

The team has been cleaning up the competition this year, including a second place finish in their first tournament before they’d practiced on grass, along with a tournament championship in Nakusp.

Coached by Selkirk’s Joe Ambrosio, Jarrett describes her team as being skillful right from goaltending and up.

“We have a very good defensive line, who when they want to, they can take the ball up and score,” said Jarrett. “That’s just how good they are and our goalie this year is actually new, she’s in Grade 10, but she’s done amazing. We haven’t had that good of a goalie for so long.

“We’re really aggressive, really focused on defence and we just don’t give up on the ball.”

Selkirk captured one of three Kootenay zone berths at a recent playdown and will join other teams from across the A division to compete for the provincial title.