Tornadoes show spirit in tough loss
League title contenders Weyburn take 9-1 win in girls’ soccer action
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.
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.