U14 Blaze girls win Kamloops’ only gold
The under-14 Kamloops Blaze girls snuck into the final at the Youth Provincial A Cup and capitalized on the opportunity, earning a 2-0 victory over Central City Breakers Elite on Sunday, July 8.
Kamloops made it into the final on goal differential, with their plus-1 edging Richmond’s minus-1.
Both the Blaze and Richmond posted 1-1-1 round-robin records.
Hannah Marra and Emerson Hansen struck late in the championship tilt for the Blaze, who received solid goalkeeping all tournament from Brenna Worsfold.
The victory over Central City — made up of players from Whalley, Newton, Guildford, Fleetwood and Cloverdale — might be considered an upset, as the Breakers rolled through round-robin play, posting a 3-0 record, including a 1-0 win over the Blaze on Thursday, July 5.
Chris Hansen and David Lloyd handled the Blaze’s coaching duties.
The U14 girls won their division at the Slurpee Cup in the River City and brought home gold from the Surrey Mayor’s Cup earlier this season.
The only other Kamloops teams to reach finals on the weekend were the U14 boys, who lost 3-1 to the Port Moody AC Selects, and the U18 girls, who lost 2-1 to the Richmond Red Hot Selects.
Nine teams from the Tournament Capital competed at the provincial A Cup. They combined to post six wins, four ties and 26 losses.