Three Hills Soccer Association kicks off season

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The Three Hills Soccer association has just over 200 kids registered this year. With so many kids and teams and it makes for an exciting and busy season! The season began with a cold start this year. Both of our U12 boys teams started the season with games on April 24. Our U12 A teams, coached by Jeremy Brown, played in Drumheller and won 6-0. Our U12 B team, coached by Gelacio Dominguez, played at home against Irricana and won 12-0. Goals were scored by Yerik Dominguez, Cole Smith, Andrew Stewart, Elijah Rivers, Angel Barron Castro, and Peter Hildebrandt.

On Tuesday and Wednesday all games were cancelled due to the cold, snow and wet fields.

Thursday Our U16/18 girls team, coached by Stanley Guedes, played in Carstairs. The game ended in a 1-1 tie and it was an evenly matched game. We had many chances to increase our tally but perhaps the rust is still coming off. There are lots of strong players on our side that could be mentioned, but a few players that stood out were Ellie Koch in centre defense and Nikki Stewart in defensive midfield. Ellie played the entire game and was the linchpin to our defense. Nikki’s work rate was incredible, constantly winning back possession and neutralizing the opponent’s best players when in transition. A confidence boosting season opener away.

Our mini soccer program, U5-U8 started on Monday, May 1. The first day is always crazy, but our new co-ordinator, Andi Miller, did a great job organizing the 12 coaches and almost 90 kids into their 4 teams and getting the practices and scrimmages started. The program runs every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 for 7 weeks. We really appreciate all the people who have stepped up to be coaches!

Monday was the second game for our U12 boys teams, and they played each other. Although the U12 B team won by a score of 6-2, it was a close game and both teams have very strong players. Hayden Peterson and Josiah Ewert were very strong on defense for U12B. Corbin Miller scored both goals for the U12 A team, he had help with strong offense from Kohen McKiernan and Ethan Koch.

The U12 girls team, coached by Brandi Hoszouski, also played on Monday in Carstairs. They won 5-1. Goals were scored by Salem Stahl, Samantha Trentham, Kate Wynette and Mae Farrell.

Our U14 mixed team, coached by Josh Wiley, is playing in the boys league. Their first game was Tuesday and they played a tough team in Olds. Although they lost, they managed to score 2 goals, made by Levi Kirk and Betty-Lou Brown.

We have 2 U10 mixed teams this year. The U10 A coach is Mark Sailer and the U10 B coach is Travis Harkness, assistant coach is Amanda Maslanko. Their first games were on Wednesday night. U10 A was in Carbon and they played a very close game. Unfortunately Carbon managed to get a goal in the last few minutes of play, which meant a loss for our team. Caleb Ibbotson and Daniel Munchinsky were strong on defense. U10 B played Carstairs and won 4-1. Goals were made by Ezra Amendt, Elena Kouremenos and Taylor Nine.

The Boys U16/U18 team played their first game of this season, hosting Carstairs at home on Thursday night. Some great defense was played by our team and Yeseung Lee made many great saves in goal. Noah Branson made three goals, Jared Notter made three goals, Jamie Ogundiran made three goals and Henry Wu made one goal. Three Hills won the game 10 – 4. The team this year is a mix of ages with eleven U18 players and nine U16 players. Daryl Notter is the coach and Andrew Wood is the Assistant Coach.

The U12 B team played their third game of the season on Friday against Irricana on Friday. They won 7-0. One of the players who stood out was Colton Zabolotney, who played a strong offense.

The U14 team played a make up game on Saturday against Hanna. Three Hills had a great game. The team worked really well as a unit and did an amazing job supporting and pressuring the ball. The final score was 11-0 with Reagan Wiebe blocking out the only really chance that Hanna had on goal for the day. We had goals from Betty-Lou Brown, Markus Thiessen, and Caleb Wolfe, and with Levi Kirk (the captain for the game), scoring 5 goals in the game. We had some great defensive displays as well, with Aaron Notter doing an amazing job at showing a lot of leadership in defense and coming out to deal with lots of balls before they got anywhere near our defensive line. It was a great day.

Soccer is off to a great start. We are very excited about the season and thankful to all those who are volunteering their time.