Brittany Waite started the night on defence for the Remax Coast Mountain under-15 girls’ soccer team last Monday night.
But as the game wore on, Waite found herself a tad more upfield, whether she was designated there or not, in the Prince Rupert Youth Soccer (PRYS) season kickoff.
The striker was a constant threat for Remax, who had yet to acquire their season’s jerseys but found each other well enough.
Waite managed a team-high five shots on net, with a few more going wide. One, however, found its mark past the Lions’ Club goaltender for Remax’s sole goal in a 2-1 loss.
“I gotta work on my aim,” chuckled Waite after the game.
Waite can be forgiven as Charles Hays’ soccer field slowly transformed into a swimming pool as the minutes ticked on and the ball lost all traction.
Due to torrential downpours and frigid temperatures, Remax and their opponents, the Prince Rupert Lions Club only fielded eight or nine participants, which meant more playing time for the brave and wet, but also a better chance to keep warm by staying active.
The Lions Club kept the majority of the pressure in Remax’s zone during the opening minutes of the match, frequently led by Meghan Cunningham.
Cunningham took up residence on the right wing front lines, and was a force to contend with all night long for Remax’s defenders. Her breakaway marker in the second half put Lions Club ahead for good 2-1 after her teammate, Alexi Armstrong, opened the scoring with a sizzler that had too much spice for Remax’s goalkeeper to handle. The shot was stopped, then dropped and trickled across the goal line for the 1-0 Lions’ lead.
Lions’ stalwart right defenceman Hannah Wittchen did a sound job frustrating Remax attackers, and battled with Waite all game long, providing a solid one-on-one battle during the match.
Remax’s Becca Phillips and Destiny Good also had strong performances for the night.
“The team’s doing really good this year,” said Armstrong of the Lions Club. “We’re doing a lot of passing, (there’s) lots of improvements. There’s some newer coaches this year so it’s really nice.”