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U14 Cowichan Hornets find success in tier 2 soccer league

Tier 2 is the highest level of soccer for the girls on Vancouver Island
The Hornets are: Coach Marlowe Glassford, coach Larry Mattin, Maclyn Klassen, Mia Sorensen, Maya Arias, Maddy Prince, Amelia Calverley, Eliana Ayensu, Lizzy Jehn, coach Thor John, coach Eric Nelson; and front (from left) Ella Glassford, Ruby Grimshaw, Elly Nelson, Sadie Milward, Mika Ayalon Ben-Dov, Kaiya Mattin and Scarlett Crisp. Missing from the photo are: Team manager Heather Nelson, team mascot Teddy Nelson, Graycie Campbell, Bella Muller Hudson, Emilie Macguire Horn, Iza Durante, and Katie Sletmoen. (Submitted photo)

A standout season in the tier 3 U14 soccer league has prompted a reclassification of the Cowichan Valley Hornets, and promotion to the tier 2 level for the remainder of that league’s season.

Tier 2 is the highest level of soccer for the girls on Vancouver Island and the Hornets’ level of competition and results in the lower division was what led their coaches to apply to the Lower Island Soccer Association to host a tier 2 team.

The Hornets went undefeated in tier 3, until a 1-0 loss to JDF in the final game for the B Cup. Despite the loss, the Lower Island Soccer Association agreed that the Hornets would be a welcome addition to the tier 2 league once the tier 3 season was over.

The competition area has expanded for them to include central and north island teams, and they will be competing against these island teams for the Island A cup and a spot in the provincials in July.

This is a big achievement, not only for the Hornets but for the Cowichan Valley as it is the first time since 2015 that Cowichan soccer has been able to compete at the tier 2 level.

So far this tier 2 season, the Hornets remain undefeated.

The Hornets would like to send a big thank you to Country Grocery in Cobble Hill for providing the means to fundraise for new training balls this year.

“They hope their success will highlight that the Cowichan Valley has outgrown the facilities currently available and that with another turf, the valley could see many more successful athletes representing the town,” said a parent. “A second turf could mean year round training for these athletes who are currently sharing one turf for every child and adult playing during the rainy seasons.”