U14 United girls strug­gle to find net in Saska­toon

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The Swift Cur­rent Foresters United Soc­cer Club un­der14 girls were in Saska­toon at the East­side Gre­vers Tour­na­ment over the week­end were they hoped to im­prove upon a sil­ver medal show­ing at their only pre­vi­ous tour­na­ment out­ing.

The U14 girls opened the tour­na­ment with a 3-1 win over the Lake­wood Storm in a game that was played in­doors on a smaller pitch with only five play­ers on the field at a time. Jade Ad­dai, San­tana Gowan, and Jor­dan Ja­cob­son all scored in the win.

A lack­lus­ter start left the United girls with a 1-0 loss at the hands of Prince Al­bert Celtic in their sec­ond game of the day.

Later that af­ter­noon, they failed to cap­i­tal­ize on their many scor­ing chances and set­tled for a 1-1 draw against Saska­toon’s Hol­lan­dia UK Elite. Cen­tre half­back Kirstie Klev­gaard scored her first goal of the sea­son mid­way through the sec­ond half to erase a 1-0 deficit.

The 1-1-1 record left the U14 girls in a three-way tie for third place in the round robin to earn a place in the bronze medal game.

Sun­day, the United girls were un­able to find the back of the net once again as the Hol­lan­dia Tigers scored a pair of late goals to send the vis­i­tors home with­out a medal.

The dis­ap­point­ing week­end left the coach­ing staff with more ques­tions than an­swers as the team reaches the mid­way point of its sea­son.

“This group has turned into an enigma to the coaches. Al­though it is very young, it has quite a bit of tal­ent. Through the course of this tour­na­ment we cre­ated enough qual­ity scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to win each game but failed to find the back of the net. De­fen­sively we play very well yet we seem to pay each time we make a mis­take. If we can re­verse those sit­u­a­tions we will be ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive come provin­cials,” said head coach Dale Perry.

Next ac­tion for the U14 girls will be July 1-3 at ACFC Sum­mer­fest in Regina where they will be com­pet­ing in the U16 age cat­e­gory.

Photo by Steven Mah

Full­back Halleigh Graf helped the Swift Cur­rent United un­der14 girls to a 1-2-1 record and a fourth place fin­ish at the Saska­toon East­side Gre­vers Tour­na­ment.

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