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SDSS girls finish seventh at provincials

Shootout loss in pool play ends chance at medal
The South Delta Secondary senior girls soccer team finished seventh overall at the provincial soccer championships in Cloverdale. Photo submitted by SDSS

A tough loss in a shootout in their final game of pool play sent the South Delta Secondary senior girls soccer team into the consolation side of the provincial championships in Cloverdale where they finished in seventh place.

On Wednesday, May 29, the Sun Devils opened with a 4-1 win over Earl Marriott and a 1-0 win over South Kamloops setting up a winner take all for first place in their pool against Spectrum.

On Thursday morning, the two teams battled to a scoreless draw after full-time and headed to the penalty shootout where the Vancouver Island school prevailed 3-2.

That dropped SDSS down into the consolation side of the draw where they lost 3-1 later in the day to Handsworth.

On Friday, the Sun Devils squared off with Kelowna in the seventh/eighth place game.

South Delta prevailed 2-1.

Head coach Ricky Gill said he is proud of the team and how they rebounded to finish strong in their final game.

“It was a good week. The girls battled hard and worked their butts off in pool play, but it was unfortunate to lose in a penalty shootout,” he said. “Losing a few Grade 12s, so there will be a lot of opportunities for the younger players to make a statement. I’m looking forward to next year already.”

This year’s squad included: Izzy Burtini, Madi Dahl, Maddie Dier, Kayla Wicks, Angelina Burtini, Santana Demelo, Rebecca Wilson, Maggie Gower, Brynn McKintuck, Lily Yesowick, Daniele Bilodeau, Taylor Fincham, Sara Dumas, Izzy Neufeld, Tiana Lang, Josie Schultz, Mac Mattice, Alexa Turner-Malinek, Emily Cooper and Elle Philippot.