Herbert Laurels advance to Provincials in debut soccer season
The Herbert Laurels girls soccer team’s debut season will continue after they earned a trip to the SHSAA 1A 7v7 Provincials Finals in Lake Lenore with a first-place finish at Regionals in Outlook.
The Laurels, in their first season of soccer, defeated both Outlook entries to earn a trip to the eight-team Provincial Finals.
Herbert faced Outlook LCBI in the semi-final and both teams were hungry for a win with a spot at Provincials on the line.
Rachel Selke opened the scoring in the first half with a beautiful free kick goal and the Laurels’ lead lasted until midway through the second half when LCBI tied the contest before a scoreless overtime.
The match entered penalty kicks, where goalkeeper Kelly Montgomery made four crucial saves and Herbert scored three goals on six kicks from the mark to earn the win.
The Laurels took on Outlook High School in the Regional final and found themselves at a disadvantage after Chief Paskwa failed to show up for the other semi-final, leaving a fresh and wellrested opponent in the Laurels’ path.
Laurels coach Sebastian Prost pointed out that his team had many players with aches and pains from the first game and were expecting a tough game because OHS was fresh.
The game was very slow paced for the first fifteen minutes, with most of the play in the Herbert half.
After the Laurels made two substitutions, the game changed in their favour.
Even though Outlook had opened the scoring, Herbert was able to change the scoreboard with three unanswered goals, two of them coming from Miranda Redekop who had scored the penalty kick winner against LCBI in the morning.
OHS would score late in the second half with ten minutes remaining, but the final score finished 3-2 in favour of Herbert.
“The coaching staff is very proud of the girls’ accomplishments so far this year, especially consider- ing that we are brand new to soccer this season,” said Prost.
“The coaching staff and players are looking forward to provincials and we are hoping that whatever the outcome is there, we have successful games.”