The Lake Cowichan Secondary School senior girls’ soccer team is in the midst of a great season.
The girls recently went into the Single A Girls’ Island Tournament undefeated, completing it with a fourth place finish, of the seven competing teams.
That is, despite having an age disadvantage, with the local team consisting of Grades 9 through 12 students, whereas other schools with more students to choose from pulled from a mainly Grade 11 and 12 student populous.
“We’ve been very happy and impressed with our younger players,” coach Adrian Achurch said, citing Justine Carlow as a particularly strong younger player.
Employing a strong midfield (thanks in part to strong player Taylor Johnson), an attacking style of play, and pressure defence, Achurch said that the team has done very well for themselves.
The coach is also quick to point out the excellent goaltending of Juliana Pool, who volunteered for the position.
“She’s been like a duck in water,” Achurch said, adding that finding someone willing to take on the goalie position isn’t always easy.
The Comox tournament had a higher calibre of play than they were used to, but he said that the team is enthusiastically gearing up for the provincial tournament, which their fourth place finish in the Island Tournament qualified them to compete in.
The tournament will take place in Victoria, from June 2 to 4.