The Super 8 field at Arrowview Elementary was the site of a spirited match last Saturday, as Oceanside’s U11 Boys came up on the short end of an exciting 4-3 final against their friendly rivals from Ladysmith.
“That was one of our better games,” Oceanside coach David Horsely said later, adding “we always enjoy playing Mid-Isle (who are based out of Ladysmith). It was a good clean game, and I think it could have gone either way … we shut them down in the second half.”
Ladysmith was leading 3-2 at the break, and Oceanside tied it up 3-3 early in the second half, which is how it stood until the visitors got one to go in the dying minutes.
Conditions were cool and sunny.
“It was beautiful January weather for a game … it was unusually sunny which was great.”
“For sure,” the coach confirmed when asked if the boys on the pitch were having as much fun as it looked. “It was a good game — everyone really enjoyed themselves. There were superb chances at both ends of the field, and that’s what made it so exciting.
“Everyone really enjoyed themselves — everybody was really into it, giving it a really good effort,” said Horsely. “The last time we played them we beat them, and this time we played them they beat us. We look forward to playing them again.”
Unless a chinook has rolled in by now, this weekend is a wash for soccer. The U11 Boys next game is the following Saturday in Nanaimo.