Three Hills Soccer Association kicks off 2019 season

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Soccer season got off to a slow start this year with the cold weather and snow. Teams started practicing during spring break and our first game was that Wednesday, April 24 with our U15 girls playing Carstairs. Although they fought hard they were not able to win.

On April 30 the U13 boys played their first game and won against Olds 4-1. Goals were scored by Kyler Brown, Isaac Sanchez, and Ephraim Nott. Overall, excellent team play with lots of strong passing. Skye MacDonald made some critical saves in the second half to keep the lead. Kyler Brown not only scored twice, but shone as a tough defender as well. The whole team worked hard and did a great job for their first game!!

Our U11B boys played Wednesday, May 1 against Linden. They played well but just couldn’t pull off a goal and lost 0-2. Caleb Ibbotson was strong defensively and had strong kicks out of our defensive end. Matthew Haydori had good passes upfield, strong footwork, and solid defence.

Our U15 boys followed with a game also on May 1. They faced off against Irricana and played a strong game winning 12-0. The team has a lot of very strong players including Marvin Uwalaka who, in his first game playing in Three Hills, made 4 goals and carried the midfield. Joseph Rivers, in his very first soccer game, held his own and showed his natural ability playing a strong game on defensive midfield.

On May 2 the U9A Red Rockets won their first game of the season in a hard fought match. The team showed heart and skill as they worked together for the full 50 minutes. The first goal of the game was scored in the first half by Josiah Stewart and Cohen Creasser scored in the second half to put the team ahead 2-1 which was the final score. Excellent goal keeping by Liam Leischner and consistent hustle by Natalie Munchinsky were also key components in the team’s strong performance.

May 6 saw our 2 U11 boys teams, U11A and U11B play each other and it resulted in a 2-2 tie. U11A player of the game was Josiah Pasman who had both of their goals! For U11B Caleb Savage had an accurate/powerful shot on net to tie up the game and Marcus Routledge had timely saves in net in the second half of the game, allowing them to tie up the game.

The U15 boys had their second game of the season against Hanna. The team was dominant again and won 13-2. Suijiri Adekwu stepped up and easily scored five goals in this game and James Brown was a force on defence.

The next night, May 7 the Three Hills U9A Red Rockets were on the road playing their first away game in Acme. The team was down 1-0 at the half but fought back and tied the game 1-1 with less than 5 minutes to go in the second half. Josiah Stewart stole the ball and carried it down the field before handing it off to Cohen Creasser who buried it in the back of the net. Alia Pasman positioned herself well to create some breakaway opportunities but was unable to score and the team’s momentum ended when Acme was able to score three goals in the last three minutes to win the game 4-1.

The U9B team played against Irricana and won 5-4. Their first win.

The U13 boys also played that night and beat Didsbury 9-2. Nine goals scored by 8 different players - now that’s teamwork!! There was excellent midfield passing by Isaac Sanchez, setting up his teammates as well as netting a goal himself. Also great defensive presence from Nikolas Stephenson, who also managed to score a goal.

U19 girls played their first game in Olds on Wednesday night, May 8. Although they had no substitutes as a few players were missing, they handled themselves well and came home with a 6-2 win. Goals came from Betty-Lou Brown, Molly Brown (2), and Esther Ewert (3).

The U15 boys had a make up game in Carstairs on May 10. Carstairs gave them a fight at the beginning and Three Hills could not hit the net. They did manage to pull together and turn the game around, winning 14-0. Eight of the players got goals, including all 3 of the defence, James Brown, Ethan Koch and Aaron Notter. Andrew Stewart headed in a goal off a corner kick. Kaito Yasumitsu made some excellent passes and set up numerous plays for the team. Josiah Ewert made excellent saves in goal, preventing them from scoring, even though the whole first half the sun was directly in his eyes.

We are looking forward to another week of great soccer. Come out and watch if you can.