SMUS, Cambell River and Saltspring Island Advance to BC High School Provincial AA Soccer Championships

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Pair of Losses Eliminates Lambrick from Contention

November 9, 2012, Nanaimo, BC – Day two of the High School Boys AA Island Soccer Championships continued this past Wednesday in Nanaimo with three teams battling to represent their school at the Provincial Championships in Burnaby next week.

After a disappointing tie the day previous to Mark Isfeld, the Lambrick Park Lions were in a must-win game against Carihi Secondary from Courtenay to make it into the finals and guarantee them a spot to Provinicals. Carhi Tyees, on the otherhand, were on their way to hopefully making history for their school by qualifying for the first time ever, a trip to the Provincial Championships.

Both the Lions and the Tyees fought out a great battle with Carhi becoming the first to open up the game with a shot hitting the post and diverting back into the goal. The Lions fought hard, needing a win to guarantee them a spot in provincials and advancement to the final game later that day. Spencer Scotney came bursting to the front of the pack breaking through the Carhi defence and equalizing the game with 15 minutes in the game. Carhi proved to be the stronger team in the end by scoring shortly before the end, much to the elated Carhi parents and fans.

The final four teams were lined up for the final games of the day. Carhi Tyees and St. Michaels University (SMU) were to battle for the Island Championships and Salt Spring Island and the Lambrick Park Lions in the consolation round and the final spot for the Provincial Championships.

The Lions gave their best effort to ward off the force of the strong Salt Spring Island team, many of who play with the Highlanders soccer team in Victoria, but to their dismay they fell to a 5-0 loss. Salt Spring Island advances to the Provincial Championships.

In the final championship round, an evenly matched game ensued between SMU and Carhi with regular time ending the game in a 1-1 tie. One 15 minute overtime for the game still left the winner undecided and the game was to be determined on penalty shots. Both goalies played exceptional in this difficult circumstance, with both blocking out the first three shooters. It came down to Carhi’s 4th and 5th players who nailed both shots into the net leaving SMU in a must-score situation in which they were denied by Carhi’s tenacious goalie. For the first time in history, Carhi Tyees had qualified for the Provincial Championships and had won the coveted Island trophy.

Three teams, SMU, Carhi Tyees and Salt Spring Island qualify for the Provincial Championships beginning next week. The Lambrick Park Lions, on the other hand, still have the coveted Times Colonist Cup game to play next week at UVIC’s Centennial Stadium against singe A school St. Andrew’s. The game gets underway at 5:30 p.m. on November 14th.

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