The Swift Current Foresters United under-16 girls won a division three gold medal at the Saskatoon Eastside Grevers Tournament over the weekend.
The Swift Current Foresters United under-16 girls soccer team did not allow a single goal as they battled their way to a gold medal in division three action at the Saskatoon Grevers Tournament.
Rain washed away Friday’s schedule but the tournament was readjusted to begin Saturday.
The U16 girls got their tournament underway Saturday morning with a 1-0 win over the Melfort United Wildcats as the teams played five-aside indoors due to poor field conditions. Emilie Erlandson scored the only goal to get a relatively inexperienced team off to a solid start.
The United girls continued to play determined soccer that afternoon, which resulted in a 3-0 win over Saskatoon’s Eastside Energy. Emilie Erlandson opened the game with a pair of quick goals to put Swift Current in front before younger sister Andrea Erlandson added her first of the season to close the scoring early in the first half.
In their third game of the day the U16 girls were unable to score but kept a third straight blank scoresheet in a 0-0 draw against the Humboldt Hurricanes to lock down a place in Sunday’s championship match.
Humboldt would advance past Melfort in the semi-final, but lost a player due to injury, leaving them decidedly disadvantaged in the gold medal game.
Swift Current’s attack was not particularly sharp in the final and they failed to covert a myriad of chances throughout the game but their defense was able to shutdown the Humboldt attack for all 60 minutes. The United persistence finally paid off when they earned a penalty shot for a handball in the box and Emilie Erlandson slammed it home in the 45th minute. Erlandson scored a beautiful goal in the dying moments as she danced around the Humboldt goalkeeper and softly finished into the gaping net to make it a 2-0 final.
They love to play soccer and want to work at being better Dale Perry
“I am extremely proud of this group,” said head coach Dale Perry, who was one of three coaches to lead the team throughout the weekend due to scheduling conflicts between his two teams in Saskatoon. “Though they lack experience, they have a real strong work ethic in both games and practice. They love to play soccer and want to work at being better.” Perry noted that his team played very well defensively to post four straight shutouts and limited the number of scoring opportunities that goalkeepers Britney Cleaveley and Beriah Klein were forced to contend with.
If there is one area of concern for the U16 team it was the fact that one player accounted for five of the team’s six goals over four games. “Going forward we need to develop some secondary scoring as we rely too heavily on Emilie to get that job done,” said Perry.
Next action for the U16 United girls will be July 1-3 when they head to Regina for ACFC Soccerfest.