Stettler will see four of its minor soccer teams play in the provincials as both U14 and U16 girls and boys put in a great effort to qualify during the provincial qualifier tournament in Rocky Mountain House over the weekend.
For the U16 girls the first game was on Saturday, June 25 against Camrose, which they won 2-0, with both goals being scored by Jordan Nelson.
Their next game was against Lacombe, which they tied 1-1 with Kassidy Bourdon being the lone goal scorer.
On Sunday, June 26 the U16 girls played against Rocky Mountain House (RMH) and tied 1-1, but the match was a nail-biter with Kassidy Bourdon scoring the equalizer in the second half with a few seconds remaining.
The U16 girls won silver in the league championship and are off to the provincials.
The boys faced RMH on Saturday afternoon, June 25 and defeated them 8-2, with Steele Nichols scoring six of the eight goals.
On Sunday, June 26 the boys faced a determined Camrose team once again, losing 3-1, with Johan Bouwer scoring the only goal.
The U16 boys won silver in the qualifiers and are headed to the provincials.
U14 girls and boys also qualify for provincialsThe U14 girls had a great time playing in the provincial playdowns, beating Camrose and Ponoka, 1-0 in both games.
While Bailey Musgrove scored against Camrose, Kyla Johnston scored against Ponoka.
“The girls played amazing games, especially considering we only had one sub the whole weekend,” said coach Kennedy Fisher. “They have improved immensely since the beginning of the year and I don’t even recognize the team anymore from when they first started.”
Fisher said she was extremely proud of her team and looking forward to the provincials.
For the U14 boys, Lacombe seemed to be a challenge.
They played Camrose on Saturday, June 25 and won 5-0, and later on beat Ponoka 3-1, with two goals being scored by Josh DeGuzman and one by Japheth Wildeboar.
In their third game, they faced Lacombe on Sunday, June 26 and lost 5-1, ending up second in the tournament, winning silver.
“We have had a great season and the boys have played with heart and skill and taken home two silver medals,” said manager Angela Wildeboar. “We are so proud of them, and two of our players, Dylan Hilburn and Josh DeGuzman, are moving from this season to the Alberta Summer Games and we wish them all the best.”
Earlier in the week, the U16 boys played Camrose in the gold-medal game on home turf on Tuesday, June 21, but were defeated 5-2 with Steele Nichols and Johan Bouwer scoring the goals for Stettler.