Soccer season finale

Big event held in Oceanside to highlight the beautiful game

Kwalikum Secondary School’s senior boys soccer team took on all comers last week, and the lads in the burgundy strips certainly look poised to make some noise in the post season.

KSS was sharp at home last Tuesday when they blanked the John Barsby Bulldogs 4-nil in AA league action.

Four days later, the Kondors hosted a four-team mini-tourney at QB Rec Fields where they rolled over the Marc Isfeld Ice from Courtenay 4-0, then trimmed the Carihi Tyees 1-0. Ben Robson made a great cross to Jesse Binnersley for the lone tally in that one.

As for their league win over Barsby, the Bulldogs came to town looking for their first win of the season, but the search continues as the host Kondors looked quick and comfortable in the one-sided win.

Darien Atkinson led the charge with two goals; Ben Robson and Austin Phye, who was making his return to the lineup after missing five-and-half games due to injury, added singles.

“We had most of our players back and the quality was there,” said Kwalikum head coach Butch Gayton, whose side led 2-0 at the half.

“That was a good game. The boys played well as usual, they’re a very good side,” well-known local soccer coach Dan Mahony, who rarely misses a KSS home game, surmised after the match.

Anchoring the back end and earning props for their play that game were Evan Stefanek, Tyler Illingworth and Jesse Binnersley.

The Kondors are currently tied for top spot in the nine-team mid-Island Sr. Boys soccer league with AAA Dover at 3-0. The league is a  mix of AA and AAA teams which will be separated come the playoffs.

NEXT UP: KSS is on the road next week to end its regular season with two tough games against Woodland’s Soccer Academy Oct. 16, and Dover Bay two days later. Kwalikum’s playoffs start Oct. 23, and KSS will host the eight-team AA North Island finals Oct. 30-31.