Jun 2014 05

Immaculata Wins Gold

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The Immaculata Mustangs Sr. Girls Soccer team captured back-to-back Provincial Championships last week in Vancouver.  The tournament started well for the Mustangs as they won their pool with wins over Ft. St. James, North Island, and Nakusp.  This put the Mustangs into the semi-final against the hosts from West Point Grey Academy.  The Mustangs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Ashlyn Day and Emma Johnson within the first 10 minutes of the game.  West Point Grey pushed back to get on the scoreboard, but the Mustangs defense held strong to keep the Wolves at bay.   The Mustangs’ Jaedyn Penkala would score a late goal to finish off the Wolves attack and book a spot in the final.

In the final game the Mustangs came up against their old rivals from Glenlyon-Norfolk School in Victoria.  Immaculata’s rivalry with Glenlyon-Norfolk dates back to 2006, with the Mustangs having won 4 previous meetings to the Gryphons 2.  Both teams also entered the game having won 4 Provincial Championships.  The game started with a flurry from the Mustangs, having wave after wave of attack stifled by the Gryphons.  First, a Stephanie McCann deflection was cleared off the goal line.  Next, a Lindsay Lalach header just missed high.  Finally, the Gryphons were able to clear a goal mouth scramble.  The Gryphons meanwhile looked very dangerous on the counter-attack, testing the Mustangs defense at every opportunity.  Hannah Johnson, Stephanie McCann, Hayley Slade and Ashley Prehofer stood tall on the Mustangs back line, and kept the score 0-0 at the half.  In the second half the Mustangs settled into the game and controlled the play.  Jaedyn Penkala and Erin Graham provided the engine for the Mustangs, but they couldn’t solve the back line of the Gryphons.  Finally, with less than last ten minutes to go, a low shot from Emma Johnson found the bottom corner of the net to give the Mustangs the lead.  The back line would hold off wave after wave of attack to preserve the lead and give the Mustangs back-to-back Provincial Championships.  Emma Johnson was named as the tournament’s golden boot winner scoring 9 goals, while Erin Graham was awarded the Tournament MVP.  This marks the school’s 5th girls soccer championship.

Back Row (l to r): Coach Todd Penkala, Grace Miller, Mara Routley, Ashlyn Day, Claire Selwood, Hayley Slade, Jaedyn Penkala, Emily Haber, Hannah Johnson, Lindsay Lalach, Kat Routley, Stephanie McCann, Coach Paul Freire
Front Row (l to r): Morgan Painchaud, Kiera Freire, Kate Johnson, Erin Graham, Emma Johnson, Ashley Prehofer, Celina Matte, Hannah Slade

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