The Under-14 Girls completed the most successful season in the history of the Swift Current United Soccer Club with a silver medal in the Saskatchewan Premier Soccer League.
Swift Current lost the championship match 2-0 on Sunday in Saskatoon after advancing through the semi-final with a 2-0 win on Friday.
Only the second Swift Current team to ever compete in the Saskatchewan Premier Soccer League, the U14 United Girls booked a ticket into the championship match with a semi-final win. Third seeded Swift Current upended the second seeded Saskatoon Lakewood Storm 2-0 on Friday in Saskatoon.
Swift Current got off to a nervous start and spent the first nine minutes in their own end. They finally found their legs and scored a crucial goal in the 10th minute when striker Rachel Dorais beat the Storm goalkeeper to a bouncing ball and headed it over top of her for a 1-0 lead.
Midfielder Mackenzie Froehlich made it 2-0 in the 16th minute when she beat her defender to a loose ball in the penalty area and slammed the ball off the crossbar and over the goal line.
The two teams played to a stalemate for the next 64 minutes as Swift Current secured a spot in the finals against the top ranked Saskatoon Aurora Concordes. A dedicated effort from the United fullbacks helped goalkeeper Hannah Dyck earn her fifth shutout in 11 PSL games this season.
It was an entirely different story for the United girls on Sunday against Aurora. They were a step behind the entire game as they suffered a 2-0 loss to a well-organized and talented opponent. Aurora earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at Nationals in Lethbridge with the Premier League Championship.
“I don’t know that you can ever be happy not winning,” said head coach Dale Perry. “But at the same token, you can still be proud of the effort put forth and the growth that the team saw over the year. Even to get to that level in their first endeavor in the Premier League, I thought it was a pretty good result.”
“I feel like it took us a lot to get here. Even though that game wasn’t really the best for us, it took a lot to get here,” added goalkeeper Hannah Dyck.
Aurora proved a worthy champion said Perry.
“We were playing the team that was the best team all year long and there was no question about it. We would have really had to put together a remarkable effort to play with them on the offensive side. Defensively we could kind of keep them in check for the most part, but they had a little bit more talent on the offensive side.”