Junior Pacers show promise

Second place finish in Delta League with line-up featuring Grade 8s and 9s

A promising Delta Pacers team capped its season with an appearance in this week’s Fraser Valley Junior Girls Soccer Championships.

The Pacers earned their spot thanks to a second place finish in the Delta League with a 5-2-1 record. 

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The Ladner school bowed out of the 16-team single knockout with a 2-0 loss to the Tamanawis Wildcats on Tuesday at Dugald Morrison in a match-up of seventh and 10th seeds.

The Surrey school scored both its goals in the opening half. The hosts came close to getting on the scoreboard in the late going including one attempt that hit the underside of the crossbar but stayed out.

Coached by parent volunteer Greg Day, the Pacers were exclusively a Grade 8 and 9 team. 

His 18-player roster featured a strong core that plays at the Metro or Division One levels. There are also five players who entered the campaign with no previous experience.

The Pacers attack was led by a trio of Grade 9s including Mackenzie Gray scoring 12 of the team’s 16 goals in league play. Marley Day added three and Kennedy Ainge had the other. 

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