Wildfire caches on in Oceanside

PARKSVILLE — The Oceanside Wildfire U14/U15 girl’s soccer team just completed their season with 14 wins, five losses and one tie. They finished third in the league and third in the year-end tournament on March 10 and 11, 2012 in Naniamo.

One of the things that makes this team unique is the fact that nine players returned after a two win, 17 loss season the previous year.

The themes of the team were friendship, hustle and teamwork. All the girls meshed together very successfully creating a true team spirit.

The defense, consisting of Emma Orrick in goal, Chloe Pezel, Cassie Child, Molly MacKay, Maria Milligan, Tess Slamen and Grace Braum, was consistent and tenacious throughout the season.

The mid-field players, Savanah Campbell, Emma Patterson, Hailey Robinson, Pati Gebler, Kelsie Boutilier, Lily Ries, Paola Mendoza, were a forceful presence on the field.

The forwards, Randi Joyce, Elly Tomasson and Sophie Denton-Kadluboski provided the team with dynamic scoring. Thank you to the team manager, Jackie Shillabeer who was assisted by Deb Shore and Karen Werner.

The Oceanside Wildfire would like to congratulate the Oceanside Stormers for their successful season.

The support of the fans and parents for the team was very much appreciated. Watching the development of teamwork, friendships and confidence was a pleasure to witness.

The Oceanside Wildfire soccer team was coached by Dan MacKay.

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