The Drumheller U9 travel soccer team struck gold winning its league championship.
The U9 Banana Avalanche were undefeated all year and had the opportunity to host the league playoffs. On Tuesday, June 25 they topped Acme with a score of 6-1 to qualify for the championship. They faced Irricana the next evening, which defeated Linden in the other semi-final.
The team had possession for most of the game and had some good chances. They were also strong defensively. It was Victoria Briggs who scored to win 1-0, it was her first of the season.
“She was playing defence and she one-timed to from about 25 yards out,” said coach Gavin Makse. “It went right in the bottom corner, things we have been working on all year, the team put it into practice.”
“That is what you want to see towards the end of the year, is the progress, and it was great.”
The result bodes well for the future of Drumheller Minor Soccer. Makse explains that last year as a U7 team they won the Carbon Sports Day Tournament in the U9 division. So this year they thought they would try a travel team. They had 11 players that wished to play. Their numbers were also strong enough for a house league. Next year they project they can field both U9 and U11 travel teams.
For the summer he is inviting young players, whether they played or not to come out on Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. at the soccer fields to play and work on skills.