See-saw week for KSS soccer teams

It was one of those good week — bad week scenarios for Kwalikum Secondary School boys soccer last week, as the juniors rolled to a win in their regular season opener, and the seniors were handed a troubling loss.

The keeper from the John Barsby      Bulldogs punches a KSS shot aside in last week’s senior boys game.

The keeper from the John Barsby Bulldogs punches a KSS shot aside in last week’s senior boys game.

It was one of those good week — bad week scenarios for Kwalikum Secondary School boys soccer last week, as the juniors rolled to a win in their regular season opener, and the seniors were handed a troubling loss.

In action at home last Tuesday to open their regular season the Jr. Kondors scored two goals in record time and dumped the Dover Bay Dolphins 5-nil.

Evan Stefanek opened the scoring with his first of the season five minutes in off a nice header.

In the ensuing restart, Darien Atkinsen streaked in, stole the ball, beat two defenders, and calmly slotted it home about 30 seconds after the first goal to make it 2-zip KSS, which is how it stood at the break.

“We may have scored the fastest two goals in Jr. soccer history,” chuckled Kondor coach Butch Gayton. “It was pretty cool.”

The local squad came out flying in the second half and dominated their counterparts from down the road and sent a message to the other seven teams in the nine-team North Island league.

“We had them under a lot of pressure,” said Gayton, who had props for the Dolphins diminutive keeper. “He made some great saves in the first half to keep his team in the game.”

Atkinson scored his second of the match five minutes into the second half followed by Axel Cash.

‘Sugar’ Shane Gayton finished it off with a 30 yard blast that curled into the top corner.

This Jr. Boys Kondors team won the North Islands last year, then made it to the Island finals “which is quite an accomplishment because we’re such a small school competing against the big Triple-A schools,” said Gayton.

This year’s side is anchored by the 10 Gr. 10s who were all on the team last year.

“They’re all experienced Oceanside Soccer players, and when you have that many returning players you  certainly have high expectations,” said Gayton.

In senior boys soccer action, the Kondors suffered “a very disappointing 3-1 loss” to the Stags in Shawnigan Lake last Thursday, said Gayton, adding, “it might serve as en eye-opener for a team that’s feasted on weaker opponents.”



The Jr. Boys were back in action last Friday in Nanaimo against the NDSS Islanders. Score from that game unavailable at press time.

The Sr. Boys are home Thursday (Oct. 13) for a pivotal match against the Gulf Islands Scorpions who are also 1-1. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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