James Switenky

James Switenky

Minor soccer teams start to shine

The Stettler U12 girls soccer team continued its winning streak last week

The Stettler U12 girls soccer team continued its winning streak with an 8-0 win against Ponoka on Thursday, May 14.

“They were very positive and we tried to work on each individual’s weaknesses,” said Angela Gendre, U12 girls coach. “I saw improvement by the end of the game.”

The U12 boys also played that night, winning 5-2 against Lacombe.

“We dominated the whole game,” said Steve Wildeboer, coach of the U12 boys. “We haven’t had a game where we haven’t dominated yet this year.”

He said the boys enjoy the game and work well together as a team.

“There’s some great skill and teamwork, and they get along really well.”

Scorers for the game were Josh DeGuzman, Dylan Hilburn, Yvurag Uppal, Hayden Smith and Brody Lang.

Last week was a rough one for the U18 girls team, which lost both games on Monday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 13.

On Monday the team played Sylvan Lake in Sylvan Lake and lost 2-0. On Wednesday the Stettler girls played Rock Mountain House in Lacombe and lost 3-2.

Kierstyn Greidanus and Kathryn Dolliver scored the two goals for Stettler.

Despite not winning a game yet this season, coach Tammy Dolliver remains positive about her team’s efforts.

“They lost, but it was the best game they played all season,” said Dolliver of the game against Rocky Mountain House. ”They all played their positions really well. They’re coming together really good.”

She said many of the girls on the U18 team have not played soccer before and expects the team to continue improving.

On Monday, May 11, the Stettler U14 girls team beat Camrose 2-1.

On Tuesday, May 12, the Stettler U16 boys soccer team defeated Sylvan Lake 3-2.

James Switenky, Chase Dolliver and Johan Bouwer scored the goals for the U16 team.

It was the first game of the year the U16 boys had a full team with all four subs, said Greg Switenky, manager for the team.

“That did help,” said Switenky. “It was a good effort. The boys played a solid performance.”