Tor­na­does show spirit in tough loss

League ti­tle con­tenders Wey­burn take 9-1 win in girls’ soc­cer ac­tion

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - RANDY PALMER MOOSE JAW TIMES-HER­ALD

Even in a game they would go on to win 9-1, the Wey­burn Ea­gles learned a valu­able les­son from the Pea­cock Tor­na­does in Moose Jaw high school girls’ soc­cer league ac­tion on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Let up for a mo­ment, even against an op­po­nent you seem to be dom­i­nat­ing, and things can turn in an in­stant.

In this case it led to Pea­cock’s Kather­ine McDougall scor­ing Pea­cock’s lone goal of the game in the first half and deny­ing the Ea­gles the al­ways-val­ued clean sheet.

“There’s al­ways some­thing to learn, and we took them a lit­tle too lightly and they went in and scored a nice goal,” said Ea­gles coach Ni­chol Thom­son. “It hap­pens in any game and you have to try to stay fo­cused the whole time.”

Un­for­tu­nately for the host team, that would pretty much be the only vi­tal mis­take the Ea­gles would make the whole game as they took a 6-1 lead out of the first half be­fore adding a trio of goals be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Arliss Sid­loski had three goals for Wey­burn, Reece Pittman scored two, Kylie VanDeWoestyne, Alexi Siouri­nis, Syd­ney Spencer and Jil­lian LaBatte all had sin­gle mark­ers.

The con­test gave the youth­ful Ea­gles — the team has no less than seven Grade 9s who see reg­u­lar field time — a chance to work on var­i­ous as­pects of their game as they try to close ground on their fel­low league lead­ers in Swift Cur­rent.

“We tried to work on some pass­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing within the team, just to get bet­ter through the sea­son and we were able to do that,” Thom­son said. “We’re close (to the Ar­dens), it’s go­ing to de­pend a bit on the day with that one. If we’re on, we could have a chance.”

For the Tor­na­does, it’s all about learn­ing and pro­gress­ing, with coach Alysha Evans es­pe­cially im­pressed with how the team re­mained com­mit­ted to the game de­spite the score.

“I’m su­per proud of them be­cause with a score like that it would be easy for them to get down and get up­set and frus­trated and not play their game,” Evans said. “But they played their game the whole time and that’s what I was happy for, they came off the field feel­ing like we were suc­cess­ful with what we were try­ing to do and learn.”

That’s the key to the whole thing for Pea­cock — learn­ing as much as they can about the game re­gard­less of the score or the re­sult

“Ev­ery game they’re get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter and that’s all that I could ask for,” Evans said. “They gave it their all to­day and we were prac­tic­ing dif­fer­ent strate­gies and try­ing dif­fer­ent things that were ben­e­fi­cial for them to learn.”

“Es­pe­cially with the girls in their first year of soc­cer, this is huge for them. And even the girls who are com­pet­i­tive play­ers, teach­ing the other girls has re­ally helped them with their own game.”

The Tor­na­does are right back on the field to­day, as they take on the Cen­tral Cy­clones at 2:45 p.m. at Sun­ning­dale West. Cen­tral faces the Vanier Spir­its in the 10:30 a.m. game.

RANDY PALMER/TIMES-HER­ALD

Pea­cock’s Kather­ine McDougall (mid­dle) bat­tles for the ball dur­ing a game ear­lier this sea­son against the Cen­tral Cy­clones. McDougall scored the Tor­na­does lone goal against Wey­burn on Thurs­day.

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