Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
January 5, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – A big save in the penalty kick session by Team White goaltender Teresa Williams proved to be the difference as Team White defeated Team Black 2-1 in the 5th Annual Lower Women’s Soccer Association Premier Division All-Star game Saturday at Westhills Stadium in Langford.
The scoring began early in the game as Team White’s Haley Burns would strike within the first two minutes, launching a shot that deflected off a Team Black defender and eluded Team Black goaltender Olivia deGoede.
Team Black’s Bronwen Jollymore (left) and Team White’s Christa Macatee (right) battle for a loose ball in the LIWSA Premier All-Star Game on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Team Black’s Diandra Gower tries to push past Team White defender Caitlyn Allbury during first half action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Team Black would get that back in the 13th minute when Kelley Forbes would pounce on a loose ball up high and strike a beautiful, hard low shot past Team White’s Brittany Marier-Baumann to tie things up.
The teams would battle hard after that point and take the 1-1 tie to half-time.
Left: Team White’s Andrea Strebel brings the ball across mid-field; Right: Team Black’s Rachel Davidson puts full effort into a header (Photos: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the second half, it was much of the same, with neither team breaking the deadlock and it would come down to penalty kicks.
In the penalty kick session, Team White would convert on all five of their tries, while Williams’ big save came on the first Team Black shot by Joni Phillips.
Team White’s Moira Brown and Team Black’s Lorna Walde grimace as they go up for a header, while Team Black’s Joni Phillips looks on (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Team Black’s Kelly Forbes prepares to release a shot during second half action Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the Division 2 and 3A All-Star game, Team Black (Div. 2 & 3A) won 6-2 over Team White (Div. 3B & Over 30). The Team Black MVP was Nicole Pugh (Cowichan D2), while Team White MVP honors went to Holli Kotylak (Ladysmith D3B).
The LIWSA All-Star Games were in support of the Mustard Seed Food Bank. Spectators, players and volunteers were encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event.
Team Black’s Lorna Walde (left) and Kelly Forbes (right) put the squeeze on Team White’s Christa Macatee as they battle for a loose ball Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Team White goaltender Teresa Williams comes up with a big save during the penalty kick session on Saturday. The save would give her team a 5-4 advantage in kicks and the win in the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The LIWSA’s mission is to promote, organize, and represent Women’s soccer of all levels on southern Vancouver Island, eastcoast of the Island to Nanaimo, and Saltspring Island.
See the full set of Christian J. Stewart’s images from this game in his gallery HERE.