Provincial Champions, the U15 Boys Vermilion Strikers Soccer Team. Photos submitted
At Soccer Provincials in St. Paul
from July 6 - 8, the Vermilion U15 Boys
claimed the title of Provincial Champions,
and the U15 girls finished fourth.
The U17 boys also competed in the
Soccer Provincials in Camrose and
finished with a Silver medal.
“The Vermilion Strikers U15 Girls
had a successful season complete with
their 4th place finish at Provincials!
Their love for the sport was apparent
through the skill and commitment they
brought to each game. Every player
displayed an incredible amount of
heart, and their support for one another
on and off the field was never-ending.
Way to go girls!” said Lindsay Willis.
U15 Boys head coach, Allan Drinkwater,
felt lucky to have coached the
same group of boys for two years in a
row. According to Drinkwater, the team
did exceptionally well this year. They
started the season strong with three
wins and two losses in the league,
won Bronze at a tournament in Sherwood
Park, Silver at the Camrose Night
Classic Tournament, Gold at Lakeland
Cup in Vermilion, and won Gold at the
Provincial Tournament with one draw
and three wins. A highlight for the team
was that they only had one goal scored
against them during provincials. During
their Gold medal game, the final score
was 2 – 1 against Athabasca.
“The parents were an amazing group
of people who all came to support
the Provincial Tournament. The boys
showed up to play, and through the
tournament, they even persevered
through injuries - they wanted it. The
boys worked extremely well together,
keeping good communication and
teamwork, as well as playing off of
each other’s strengths. The level of
excitement was through the roof when
they won; I was really lucky to be a
part of it! The support of the having the
Vermilion Soccer Association behind
us also helped; without them and the
parents it wouldn’t be possible for children
to play, and it’s really good for our
community.” said Drinkwater.
Vermilion U15 Girls at Provincials in St. Paul.