The Swift Current United Soccer Club’s return to the Premier Soccer League proved successful on Sunday when the Under-14 Girls opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over the host Saskatoon Lakewood Storm.
The U14 Girls are navigating unchartered waters as the first Swift Current team to enter the PSL in a decade. They took a step towards proving that they belong with Saskatchewan’s elite programs with a shutout performance on the road to open their 10-game regular season.
Kirah Brown staked United to a 1-0 lead with an outstanding solo effort. She shrugged off a challenge from the last defender, losing a shoe in the process, dribbled around the goalkeeper, and tapped home a goal with her bare foot in the 25th minute.
Brooke Vallee made it 2-0 just five minutes later as she struck from distance when she curled a bad angle shot across the face of goal and into the far corner to give her team some welcome breathing room.
Vallee ended Saskatoon’s comeback aspirations only two minutes into the second half when she fired a shot from 23 yards out that easily cleared the goalkeeper for her second goal of the match.
A determined group of United defenders limited Saskatoon to only a few quality scoring opportunities and Hannah Dyck was equal to the task in goal as she recorded the shutout.
The team prepared for the season with two tournaments and a couple of exhibition games, compiling a 7-2 record, both losses against boys teams.
“We had two months to prepare for this game and I felt confident that we would be competitive within the PSL,” explained head coach Dale Perry. “By that I mean I thought we would be involved in close games that would end in draws or be decided by one goal either way. The result today showed me how well balanced we are all over the field from back to front.”
The U14 United girls will be back in PSL action on Saturday when they visit Regina Unidad (0-1) at the University of Regina.
Swift Current will host their first home game on Sunday when Saskatoon Eastside (0-1) visits Riverside Field at 3 p.m.