Riptides lose close one

The Under-16 Marine Harvest Riptide boy's soccer team lost a close game 1-0

  • Jan. 27, 2016 11:00 a.m.

As the VIPL’s Under-16 Marine Harvest Riptide Boy’s Soccer Team took the field on Sunday (January 17) in

their first game after the league’s holiday break, the boys certainly looked focused and serious about starting

the second half of their regular season with a win.  Of course, so did the players from Gorge/Lakehill, and with

that, a brilliant game began at Valleyview field in Comox.  Before the game Riptide head coach, Mark Purcell,

commented, ”It’s been a long break but a well-needed rest for the team.  We’re approaching play downs now

and every game is key to finishing this season on top.”  Right from the opening whistle both teams played with

great intensity, hustling for each and every ball.  The Gorge/Lakehill team’s forwards pushed hard and created

a number of scoring opportunities for themselves but were obstructed by the unrelenting backline of the Riptide

anchored by John Samuels and Shohei Iwamoto and by the truly outstanding goaltending of Gary Thiara.

When given the chance the Riptide forwards made the most of their time with the ball too but Gorge/Lakehill’s

goalie made the saves. It was a goalless game at the half.Unfortunately some players were out with injuries

and by the very beginning of the second half Dylan Robertson and Jack Crosby sustained muscle strains –

putting them on the bench.  With these injuries Riptide had no substitutions for the second half.  Not a great

situation for the team, especially in a game with this kind of high intensity.The second half continued in very

much the same manner as the first with entertaining, skilled play on both sides of the field.  If anything the

Riptide likely kept the ball in Gorge/Lakehill’s end more often than the other way around with the team’s

forwards hustling to the ball, making smart passes, and creating chances. In the Riptide end, Thiara made

many more key saves keeping the score at 0-0.  With about five minutes remaining in regulation time Charlie

Purcell from Riptide took quick aim and shot a long, hard ball which rang off the Gorge/Lakehill cross bar.

Minutes later Riptide forward, Eugene Park, chipped the ball terrifically from 40 yards with the Gorge/Lakehill

goalie out of position however one of the Gorge/Lakehill players was able to get his head on the ball to make

the save.  The players were getting tired but the fans from both teams were enjoying the game

immensely. Gorge/Lakehill made the most of a brief lapse in movement by the Riptide players and scored in

the last 30 seconds of game time.  The Riptide players never gave up and displayed great heart looking for a

tie but they just couldn’t get an equalizer.  Final score 1-0 for Gorge/Lakehill.Though the Riptide lost this game

the outcomes of the division’s other games allowed the Riptide to remain in third place in the league behind

first-place Saanich Fusion/Prospect Lake and second-place Gorge/Lakehill.  The team has a bye this coming

weekend.  Their next game is against the Upper Island Storm on January 31st in Campbell River.  Game time

and field TBD.  Please check www.leaguelineup.com/VIPL/ for details.

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