Story and Images By Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
April 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Juan de Fuca Soccer Association hosted the 2013 Lower Island District Cup Finals Championships this weekend, filling soccer fields around the Westshore with high caliber competition on the field, and cheering fans and family members in the stands.
Competition began Saturday in earnest at Juan de Fuca, Westhills Stadium and Goudy Field for youth from as far away as the Cowichan Valley, all vying for bragging rights to be called the best in there division.
Bays United would win 1-0 over Saanich Fusion Saturday morning during girls U14 Gold District Cup action at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
In Saturday’s opening game at Westhills the Girls U14 Gold division saw the Saanich Fusion go head to head with the Bays United in a tight checking affair that only produced one goal. That goal was scored by Bays United E.Maxwell to lift her team to the championship win. At Goudy field, the U14 Silver girls from Sooke defeated the Saanich Fusion also by a 1-0 score.
R.Stauffer of the Sooke Tsunami would score the winning goal against Cowichan Valley during girls U15 Silver play Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
In an exciting late morning Girls U15 silver game the Sooke Tsunami would get a late goal with less than four minutes remaining from R.Stauffer to lift her team over the Cowichan Valley 2-1 at Westhills Stadium, while on the Goudy pitch Juan de Fuca would fall to a talented squad of U13 Gold boys from the Cowichan Valley 2-0. Cowichan Valley’s forward line would find themselves on the JDF goalkeep’s box many times with impressive runs through the JDF’s defense.
Duncan of Sooke U15 Gold would lead his team with two goals in a losing bid against the Cowichan Valley in the matinee game at Westhills Stadium Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Cowichan’s E. Meerman battles for ball possesion against Sooke player in the U15 Gold Final. Cowichan would comeback with a two goal 2nd half to take the win – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
In a late afternoon game at Westhills Stadium Sooke Boys U15 Gold was defeated in a comeback performance by Cowichan Valley, winning by a score 4-3. L.Bekesza, of Cowichan Valley, would score 2 markers in the game, including an important tying goal to turn the tide on another wise strong performance by the Sooke side. Z.Kiedaisch would score the game winner for Cowichan Valley. T. Duncan would score 2 goals for his Sooke team in the loosing effort.
Cowichan Valley’s L.Bekesza grimmaces tryimg to block a Sooke U15 Gold shot – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
L.Bekesza of Cowichan Valley would put this shot in the back of the net to even the score for his team against Sooke – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Sunday’s matches would feature eight U17 and U18 Gold and Silver tests at various venues. At noon, Sooke U18 Silver Boys matched up against Lakehill at Westhills in a game of contrasting styles of play. Lakehill, playing a passing style of offense, would dominate ball possession, while Sooke would be content to battle for possession and chase the ball in Lakehill’s end. Sooke’s stingy defense would keep Lakehill to the outside most of the game. Sooke’s netminder would be sharp, tested only three times on quality Lakehill chances in the first half, keeping the score 0-0.
Lakehill’s U18 Silver goalie does a good job hanging onto the ball despite being run over by a Sooke player in the box during Sunday soccer action. Lakehill would win 1-0 – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
A U18 Silver Lakehill player gets the ball away before the Sooke player could check the ball away from him during Lower Island District Cup soccer action Sunday. Juan de Fuca Soccer Association hosted the two day event, coordinating twenty-five games over five local pitches – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Lakehill would draw first blood late in the 2nd half on a controversial goal that Sooke would argue didn’t cross the goal line. Sooke, with an added sense of urgency, would press their play on Lakehill, looking for the equalizer. Sooke’s best chance in the dying minutes would come of the left wing of Lakehill’s goalkeep, as a he would almost be fooled by shot and overstep the ball, just managing to get a hand on it to deflect the ball away. Lakehill would take a 1-0 win and the U18 Silver Championship
Some might measure success by financial outcome, but by the smiles on the faces of the competitors, win or lose; it was evident that the Juan de Fuca Soccer Association can measure this weekend’s success on another level.
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