Keeping fit with playoffs just ahead

Parksville Qualicum Beach youth soccer teams busy just before playoffs start

Oceanside striker Ian Whibley works his way through two Nanaimo defenders on his way to his second of three goals on Sunday.

Oceanside Youth Soccer’s house teams have all wrapped up their regular seasons, but last weekend’s exhibition games were a good tune-up for their upcoming playdowns, “and a great way to keep the kids fit and focused.”

On Sunday down at QB Rec Fields, Oceanside U18 Boys — aka Team Adam — knocked off the MidIsland Screaming Eagles 5-2.

The Screaming Eagles haven’t beaten Oceanside this season, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying as both teams stretched the field.

Hard-charging Oceanside striker Ian Whibley struck for a hat trick, and Felix Wachter and Nubian Smith rounded out the scoring.

Adam Soer and Aidan Canil split the duties in net.

“We let the dogs out in the second half,” Oceanside co-coach Cliff Craven said after.

Team Adam finished the regular season at 12-2-1 and alone in first in their six team league. The Screaming Eagles were fifth.

“It was  an exhibition game (but) we’re gearing up with the focus on our year end tournament, so we experimented — it was just good for everybody to play different positions.”

“It’s been a really good year coaching these guys, they’re a great group of kids,” said Craven, then pointed out while the side is a mix of players from different teams,” that Ballenas/KSS, Parksville/Qualicum rivalry doesn’t exist on this team, which is great to see — these guys have all bonded really well together.”

ALSO RUNNING HARD on the adjoining pitch Sunday was Oceanside’s U18 Girls Impact, who gave the first place Nanaimo Spain team a good run for their money in a 3-1 loss.

“Our team played tenacious — a very good game for us,” said Impact coach Dan MacKay.

Earning props for their play was Emma Patterson, Emma Orrick, Tess Slamen, Rebecca Edge and Jenna Auringer.

The Impact finished their regular season near the bottom of their league, “but we have 15 girls that are 15 years old and three that are 17 playing U18, so we’re a very young team,” said MacKay, adding “they played very well. They’re a really hard working team that never gives up . . . a good bunch of girls.”

IN OTHER NEWS

Oceanside’s other U18 Girls side, the Dynamite, were in Nanaimo last Sunday for a friendly, doubling up Nanaimo Portugal 4-2. Lexy Berg led the charge with two goals in that one, and Claudia Ritzker and Kiera Wilson added singles. The Dynamite finished the regular season third.

Just Posted

Oceanside Generals stun Victoria, 3-2

Junior B club snaps seven-year losing streak to Cougars

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

Man receives four-year sentence for stabbing Good Samaritan near Qualicum Beach

Jeffrey Brian MacDonald sentenced to additional 242 days in jail

Parksville water project seeks new manager

City operations manager moving to new job with RDN

Coming to Canada ‘like a dream’

Syrian family meets volunteers, councillor after living in Parksville for one month

Parksville MakerSpace members ride the rails

New room added for model train enthusiasts; workshop set for Jan. 21

Wind warning back in effect around Vancouver Island

80 km/h winds expected Saturday, Jan. 20, on east coast of Island, 100 km/h on west coast

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

UPDATE: Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Most Read