Shandelle Froese (left) and Tia Fitzpatrick of Stettler’s U12 girls’ team make an attempt to wrest the control of  the ball from the Ponoka player in their first game of the season on Thursday

Shandelle Froese (left) and Tia Fitzpatrick of Stettler’s U12 girls’ team make an attempt to wrest the control of the ball from the Ponoka player in their first game of the season on Thursday

Stettler girls soccer showing strong improvement, says coach

Stettler’s U12 girls’ soccer team won handsomely over Ponoka with a score of 7-0 on Thursday, May 7.

While both girls’ and boys’ U16 teams lost to visitors.

Led by coach Angela Gendre, the U12 girls stayed energetic throughout the game and played strong until the end.

We’re very excited as it is their first win of the season,” Gendre said.

The girls are becoming more confident already and play as hard as they can while still having fun,” she continued.

We had almost a full bench which definitely helped.”

Autumn Wyness scored three goals, Shandelle Froese two, Reagan Robbins one and Katie Satre one against the Ponoka team.

I was very proud at how hard they worked and how happy they were to have won. I’m looking forward to a good season coaching them,” Gendre concluded.

The U16 girls lost 5-3 to Camrose the same night.

Despite the loss, coach Shelley Davis-Hall said she was impressed with the way the girls played and how much they continue to improve.

“They’re just developing really nicely every game,” she said, adding that the girls are committed to the game and willing to learn. “This isn’t about winning or losing, it’s basically them improving as a team and improving their soccer skills, and they’re doing that.”

No player stood out in particular to Davis-Hall, because she said each of them have been working on their skills and technique, and each one is showing development.

“They’re a wonderful group of girls.”

As for U16 boys, they lost 3-0 in tough game against visitors from Ponoka.

Wednesday, May 13, the U14 and U18 girls play against Rocky Mountain House. Thursday, May 14, the U12 girls will play Ponoka and the U12 boys will play Lacombe. The U16 girls play again on Tuesday, May 19 against Sylvan Lake.