Gavin Surgent of Port McNeill's Red Eagle Wolves celebrates a goal by high-fiving coach Nick Russell Saturday at Robert Scott School. Liam Desbiens and Landon Lloyd give chase.

Shootout wraps up soccer season

Final game of the annual Port Hardy Youth Soccer tournament goes down to a shootout.

PORT HARDY—A wild spring soccer season came to a fitting close Sunday when the final game of the annual Port Hardy Youth Soccer tournament went down to a shootout that required nine rounds to settle.

A goal by Caroline Walkus finally sealed the Port Hardy Outlaws’ victory over Port McNeill’s Kick Ass in the girls U-15 final at Port Hardy Secondary School.

The final was the second to require a shootout, following an intramural U-12 boys championship between a pair of Port McNeill entries. The Black Bandits upended the Frostbite, who also finished second in last month’s Mud Bowl tournament in Port McNeill following a shootout loss.

The U-18 mixed title went to Port Hardy United, which topped Port McNeill.

A wild U-15 boys championship went to Alert Bay, which topped the Port McNeill Tunnel Snakes.

The U-12 girls title went to Port Hardy’s Strikers, who downed Port McNeill.

The tourney also featured non-playoff competition from the tot through the U-10 age groups, and utilized fields at PHSS, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw School, Eagle View Elementary and Robert Scott Elementary.