U16 United girls score late for Provincial title

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U16 United Girls

The Swift Current United under-16 girls overcame a myriad of obstacles to win the Saskatchewan Soccer Association Provincial Championships in Moose Jaw.

The patchwork squad of 11 players from Swift Current and two from Moose Jaw  scrapped their way to three wins and two draws over four days to win gold.

They capped the tournament with a dramatic 1-0 win on July 1 over Saskatoon's Eastside Celtic.

The championship match was played on less than desirable to field conditions with grass so long that even the simplest of passes were difficult to complete.

Kirah Brown scored the only goal with four minutes remaining in regulation to end a frustrating game for the Moose Jaw striker. Brown had found herself behind the Saskatoon defense on numerous occasions but was unable to find the net before opting to dribble around the goalkeeper and calming depositing the game-winner with overtime and penalty kicks looming.

Hannah Dyck earned the shutout during a quiet day in goal but came up with a crucial stop in the dying seconds of the first half to preserve the 0-0 score.

Swift Current had opened the tournament with a 5-0 win over the Battleford Stingers led by a hat trick from Brown. Brittney Lamontagne and Ashley Eben also scored in the win.

They defeated Eastside Celtic in their second game when Brown scored 10 seconds into extra time for a 1-0 win. Swift Current remained unbeaten later that day with a 1-1 draw against Lloydminster on Brown's fifth goal of the tournament.

They wrapped up the round robin with a 1-1 draw against Saskatoon's Lakewood Force to place first in the round robin with a 2-0-2 record after playing the opening game with only 11 players and then adding one player on day two and another on day three. Malisa  Collier scored the only Swift Current goal in the draw.

The team was coached by Dale Perry, Steven Mah, Kaity Letwiniuk, and Michelle Vallee. The 13-player championship roster that competed at Provincials will only lose one player due to graduation, leaving the team in an enviable position to defend their title next season.

Organizations: Swift Current United Soccer Club, Saskatchewan Soccer Association , Swift Current Soccer Association SSA

Geographic location: Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon

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