VMSL Masters Premier
CONGRATULATIONS CASTILIAN FAMILY!
After winning the VMSL Masters League Championship as well as the VMSL Masters A Cup, the Mighty Castilians would like to congratulate both the U14 MSL girls Castilians and the U13 Div. 1 Castilian Jrs teams on their recent Coastal Cup Championships. All three teams are to be commended on continuing the great winning tradition of the Castilian name.
CASTILIANS SHOW WELL AT PROVINCIALS!
For the second straight year, the Castilians made they way to the Provincial Cup tournament. Having come third last year, our girls had fire in their bellies, looking to better that result.
On Thursday we drew a Delta side that finished second in the league, one point behind us. In the opening 20 minutes we played on our heels and Delta took it to us. Between the pipes, Kareena stood on her head and was the reason the score stayed tied; making numerous top class saves. Our girls weathered the storm and worked through the slow start which led to a through ball for Amy, who confidently chipped the goalie. Renewed belief in the Castilian brand of football, brought with a second goal as Rylee slotted a powerful blast. Our third goal was text book Castilian footy; from left back, with patience and swagger Taya calmly beats not one but two Delta players before getting the ball to the midfielders, who pass the ball around their opponents while moving it forward and switching the play to the right wing. The ball gets played across the box where Katelyn is waiting and she buries it in the side netting. Although, Delta gets a late consolation goal, the Castilians win 3-1.
Friday morning brought with it a plucky Kamloops side, full of speed and tenacity. The Castilians would not be intimated and countered with quick ball movement, precise passing and toughness. The interior representative could not keep up with the slick ball movement of the Poco squad; who kept the ball at their feet for nearly 70% of the game clock. At the final whistle, we had a 2-0 lead, Rylee with both goals. Full marks to the entire squad, a total team effort!
Saturday morning was the Upper Island Riptide's turn to feel the Castilian wrath. Brimming with confidence, our girls looked to be on a different level. Passing the ball with great vision, accuracy and patience, the Castilians toyed with their opponent, making them chase the ball all over the pitch. Rylee netted her fourth goal of the tourney and Jeneca added our second, and what a goal it was!!! Mackenzie, whose service from set pieces was near perfection all weekend, delivered a precise ball from the corner, finding the run of Jeneca who emphatically drove the ball to the bottom corner with her head.
Sunday, in the Championship game was a rematch versus Delta. The ebb and flow to the game was fairly even, with a slight advantage for us. But as it turned out we didn't take advantage of our chances and fell short. Delta was awarded a week penalty shot, which proved to be the lone goal.
This was a memorable season for the Castilian girls; winning the MSL League, Coastal Cup, and finishing with a silver medal at the Provincials. This group is a joy to work with. Their understanding of the beautiful game, grows exponentially each training session. They play each game with creativity and panache; while scoring some very pretty goals. These Castilian girls are entertaining to watch!!
WHEN WE ROOT, WE ROOT FOR CASTILIANS!
U13 Division 1
JRS. WIN PROVINCIALS!
Juniors made the long journey to Nelson, BC. A beautiful town nestled in the Kootenays. First up was Quesnel. The Juniors quickly dismantled them coming away with a 5-1 victory. Second match of the round robin it was Kootenay South. The Juniors were relentless in their attack, their passing was precise and their finishing was lethal with an end result of 9-0. Last match of the round robin, the Juniors faced also undefeated Terrace - with the winner moving on to the final on Sunday. Terrace had obviously scouted the Juniors creative attacking style of football as they established a defensive block and had 10 players behind the ball most of the match. Juniors did eventually break down the block and were victorious 2-0 advancing to the final on Sunday. Prospect Lake from Vancouver Island would be their opponents. It was a heated affair with Prospect Lake almost being awarded a pk in the opening minute and then hitting the crossbar off a 25 yard free kick. But then the Juniors took over and Jade decided it was time to punish the opposition scoring a natural hat trick. Bella scored the fourth and final goal on a beautiful brazilian dipper. Prospect Lake managed to get one back finishing with a score of 4-1. Juniors declared Provincial Champions!!
The Castilian Juniors had a tremendous tournament and every player should be very proud of themselves. Jules, Grace, Veg, and Rach were absolute rocks on the back line. They simply were impenetrable allowing only two goals in four games. Hannah, Mak, Lanny and the Blaiser were dangerous on the wings, laying cross after dangerous cross. Kenna, Bella, Mya, and Adrien were tireless in the middle of the park and were constantly breathing down the opponents' neck. Stew and Jade were lethal finishers and were likely the top goal scorers of the tournament. Frizz was aggressive, sharp and unbeatable in the nets and allowed the fewest goals in the tournament.
The Juniors played 48 games this season which lasted 11 months. Enjoy your rest ladies, you have earned it. Well done and lets make this the first of many provincial championships.
WHEN WE ROOT, WE ROOT FOR CASTILIANS!
CASTILIANS ARE RESTING AT THE MOMENT.