RSS soccer leads the Kootenays

Senior girls headed to provincials

Rossland Secondary School’s junior and senior girls soccer teams finished off a successful month, with each celebrating championships.

The senior girls’ team was looking for a good performance at the 16-team Rural School Championship in Osoyoos, earlier this month.

The squad cruised through the round robin undefeated, and won the semi-final before losing a closely fought final match to Pemberton 2-1.

But the team rebounded quickly as they returned to Nakusp last week for the provincial playdowns.

Eight teams from around the Kootenays vied for a berth in the B.C. championship but only one would move on.

In the first game RSS easily defeated Midway 5-0, then downed Fernie 1-0. The team picked up steam as it rolled over Sparwood, 7-nil, beat a tough Kaslo side 5-3 in the semis, then blanked the host 2-0 in the final to become Kootenay Champions.

They now head to Victoria for the “A” Provincial finals June 1-4.

On May 6 both teams traveled to Nakusp to play in the Nakusp Invitational Soccer Tournament. The seniors managed a fourth place finish in the 12-team tournament. After beating rival J. L. Crowe 2-0 and Fernie 2-1, the upstart Rossland squad lost two tough but very close matches to Cranbrook 1-0 and Oliver 2-1.

The junior girls fared better. Playing brilliantly, they defeated Kimberley 3-0, Nakusp 7-0, and with only 10 players for the last two matches, won convincingly against Midway 6-1, and shut-out Cranbrook 2-0 in the final to capture the junior championship.

On their four-game road to victory, the staunch defense allowed only one goal.