U14 soc­cer team wins sil­ver at dis­tricts

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

The Drumheller U14 Rap­tors Soc­cer team earned their way to the Big Coun­try Soc­cer dis­trict fi­nals and came home with a sil­ver medal.

The U14s have been hav­ing a great sea­son that cul­mi­nated Fri­day night with a 6-0 win over Lin­den. This game was orig­i­nally sched­uled for the pre­vi­ous Tues­day, how­ever be­cause of a can­cel­la­tion due to weather, the game was played on Fri­day. This win put them on an iron-man sched­ule as they trav­elled to Carstairs the next morn­ing to be on the pitch by 8 a.m. for the semi fi­nal ver­sus Ir­ri­cana.

The Rap­tors played well ver­sus Ir­ri­cana and found them- selves up 3-0 at half­time. Ir­ri­cana bat­tled back to tie the game at 3, forc­ing a shoot out. Drumheller won.

This put them into the fi­nal ver­sus Olds. They knew they were in tough as Olds has been un­de­feated all the way to the fi­nal.

Coach Martha Cham­bers said the Rap­tors played well and by half time, they were only down 1-nil. As the game played on how­ever, the strain of play­ing three games in less than 25 hours took it toll.

“It was pretty tir­ing for our kids, I think by the sec­ond half of the third game, they were done”, said Cham­bers. “We started out well, and I thought we were go­ing to keep it close, but we grad­u­ally just got tired, it got hard to dig deep.”

Olds took charge scor­ing four more. De­spite this, Cham­bers is proud of her team earn­ing the sil­ver medal.

“It was great, I don’t re­mem­ber the last time Drumheller ever did so well at zones. We were all ex­cited,” she said. “It was a great week­end.”

Look­ing to­ward next year, more than half will be mov­ing up to U16. This might work out well with a nu­cleus for both U14 and U16 team next sea­son.

While she is happy with the re­sults, she is also proud of how the play­ers rep­re­sented them­selves.

“They were very sports­man­like, which is more im­por­tant than win­ning,” she said. “For coach Eric (Doucette) and me, that is re­ally our goal.”

The Drumheller U14 Rap­tors, coached by Martha Cham­bers and Eric Doucette, won the sil­ver medal at dis­trict fi­nals in Carstairs last Satur­day.

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