Oceanside’s U18 Girls duelled the Nanaimo Spain to an exciting 2-2 draw in house soccer action down at QB Rec Fields on Sunday.
“It was good — it was our first game of the season… we’ve got a bit of a young team of up and comers,” Oceanside co-coach Andy Stanhope surmised after.
In what amounted to a game of two different halves, Keah Stanhope opened the scoring for Oceanside about 10 minutes in with a left footed volley off a rebound, and Kyra Wilson struck shortly after.
“Real nice goal,” Andy said of Wilson’s marker. “She beat two defenders and broke in for a nice banana shot in the corner.”
The Oceansiders were sitting pretty with a 2-0 lead at the break, but Nanaimo regrouped and replied with two goals of their own in the second half.
The game ended with Oceanside buzzing the Nanaimo end — both teams rang a couple shots off the iron.
“Great game girls,” one of the supporters piped up from the sidelines after the final whistle.
Earning props for their play was Oceanside Keeper Marissa Hanson who made a number of key saves including a penalty shot to keep her team in the game, and defenders Emma Lamperson and Gretta Wratislav for their efforts on the back line.
Oceanside is back in action Sunday in Nanaimo at Merle Logan field.