Storm pours over the Gorge
Oceanside’s Alex Shaw slotted home the winner with 10 minutes left in the game, and the U14 Girls Storm opened their Vancouver Island Performance League regular season with 1-0 win in Ladysmith over the Gorge of Victoria.
The Storm “definitely dominated the game,” said Butch Gayton, who’s helping coach the team. “We had chances to score but were stymied ...when we got to the critical areas on the field we turned the ball over to easily.”
Shaw’s game-winner he pointed out started out deep in the Storm’s end and saw four quick passes spring her in alone down the left side “and she blasted a right-footer just inside the right post to beat a very good Gorge goalie.”
“It was a relief,” said Gayton.
Alex is one of seven local girls lacing up for the Storm, comprised of 18 players from Ladysmith to Port Alberni.
The Storm are home Saturday at high noon at the QB Rec Fields against Saanich.
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IN U17 BOYS’ action, Oceanside provided the offence and Harbour City FC blasted Campbell River 6-buz in Upper Island Gold Division action.
Played out in Campbell River, all six goals in that game were scored by local players. Gayton is helping out Claude Bolton, the head technical coach for Harbour City FC.
Austin Phye scored 20 minutes in to stake Harbour City FC to a 1-0 lead, which is how it stood at the break.
Converted defender Brayden Osborn upped it to 2-0 five minutes into the second half when he cashed in on a rare shift up front and buried a rocket over the keepers’ head, which kickstarted a flurry of goals.
Jesse Binnersly went beasty boy for the natural hat trick, scoring three goals in 15 minutes to make it 5-0, and Shane Gayton capped off the scoring when be beat the midfielder, spotted the keeper out of position, and ripped a shot top shelf from 40 yards out.
Harbour City FC is back in action on the weekend. Game time is TBA.