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Shawnigan Lake School sixth at girls soccer provincials

Three Cowichan Valley-based private schools made the 2023 girls soccer provincials in their respective divisions and all three competed May 29-31.

The 2024 AA Girls Soccer Championship was held May 29-31 at the Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex and featured teams from both Shawnigan Lake School and Brentwood College School.

Shawnigan played Burnsview first, winning 2-0 but later that day fell to Crofton House 6-2.

The next morning Shawnigan Lake beat Smithers 2-1 and then Archbishop Carney 1-0. Their record meant they faced Brookswood in the battle for fifth and sixth place on the morning of Friday, May 31. Brookswood earned the 4-0 victory placing the Shawnigan Lake side sixth in the province.

Meanwhile, Brentwood College’s team fell to Valleyview 5-0 in the opening game of pool play on May, 29. In their second game, Brentwood was shut out again, this time by 4-0 at the hands of Brookswood.

The following day Brentwood met both York House and Little Flower Academy, falling both times by 4-0 scores.

The loss pushed them into the 15/16th place match against Smithers Friday, May 31, and Brentwood ended with a win, beating Smithers 2-0 to place 15th overall.

Shawnigan Lake’s Neha Gill and Brentwood’s Ginger Worland were named to the tournament’s Super 16.

Queen Margaret’s School opened the 2024 A Girls Soccer Championship in Kamloops on May 30 with a 3-1 loss to Vernon Christian on May 30 and it didn’t get any easier in their next game, when they fell 5-0 to Southridge School.

The team bounced back the following day, however, with a 4-0 victory over Nakusp but their 1-2 round robin record placed them third in their pool and pushed them to the bracket of teams playing for the tournament’s ninth through 12th positions.

Down two goals the Royals refused to concede defeat.

An inspiring goal from Annelise Rasmussen ignited a fierce comeback, culminating in a sensational equalizer by Scarlett Crisp.

In the ensuing penalty shootout, the Royals displayed nerves of steel, with Ella Grandison delivering a stellar performance in goal, propelling them to a remarkable victory and securing their ninth place finish.

Layla Walker’s play earned her a spot on the event’s Sweet 16 team.