The CHSS girls' soccer team dropped three games to open the season on April 16 against Smithers

The CHSS girls' soccer team dropped three games to open the season on April 16 against Smithers

Rainmakers drop two at home

The Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS) girls’ soccer team opened up their season against Terrace’s Caledonia Secondary on Saturday

The Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS)  girls’ soccer team opened up their season against Terrace’s Caledonia Secondary and teams from Kitimat and Smithers this past week.

The athletes dropped their first match 3-2 to Caledonia, then followed the performance with one more defeat – 5-1 against Kitimat.

Despite the final results, the Rainmakers’ outside midfielders and strikers had good games against Caledonia.

“Considering we started two weeks ago, the girls are playing pretty good together. It’s a learning process, but they seem to be figuring out their positions. We have a really good group,” said CHSS head coach Kyla Ragan after the Caledonia match.

Terrace played a high line, which contributed to Rupert being unable to clear or get the ball wide, leading to a lot of pressure from the Kermodes for the first 15 minutes. With the wet weather, and the early season jitters, there were a lot of missed touches.

The two CHSS strikers had good chemistry up front, and were able to get at the opposing teams defenders with some early success, creating a few chances in the first half, including the host side’s lone first half goal. Before that goal, No. 6 from Caledonia scored from a bad angle.

She was approximately 17 yards out and what looked like a muffed cross went in on the short side of the Prince Rupert net. The Rainmakers’ front line picked their goalie up with an equalizer just a few minutes after. The CHSS striker was one-on-one at the top left side of the box. She faked going to the touch line, cut inside and chipped the goalie. It was a great goal, making the score 1-1.

Another defensive breakdown for the Rainmakers gave the visitors a clinical finish on a break away, again from No. 6. That made it 2-1 Caledonia at the half.

With consistent pressure from the Kermodes, CHSS’s back line was forced up, but closed the space and blocked a lot of shots. The athletes from Rupert didn’t see much link up play between them and there seemed to be no real concept of why they would go backward with the ball, to keep their shape and then go forward, with their teammates moving to support each other with angles. Each player’s ability to control the ball under pressure, which comes from training, will come, as the athletes and coaching staff should get a better feel for the ball and each other in practice.

“We don’t have a goalie this year, so we have been rotating the players through that position. The game today didn’t tally up to anything, except for depending on the points, it determines the order that we play in for zones. Really it’s the first game day and everyone’s just trying it out,” Ragan said.

CHSS was able to execute later in the half, after a well driven free kick was put into the box from the left side of the 18-yard-box, and in the mess of players, CHSS found the back of the net, to make it 2-2.

Unfortunately, the tie game was short-lived as Caledonia netted the winner after the CHSS goalie lost her bearings in the net, and Cal capitalized into the open cage.

The athletes played hard until the end, and all came off the field with some added experience under their belt going forward.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer

‘An employer must make the case’ using expert science, explains lawyer David Mardiros

Local health authority maps are updated each week. The brown maps show the number of confirmed and active cases of COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 15 to 21, with the blue map showing cases over the past year. (Image supplied)
COVID-19 outbreak numbers increase at Acropolis and exposures are up in S.D. 52

Business COVID-19 safety plans are law, public needs to follow health protocols - Northern Health

Asher Hauknes shows his strength with Prince Rupert Gymnastics head coach Erin Hipkiss looking on Nov. 13. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Gymnastics Association benefits from Community Gaming Grant

Prince Rupert sports club to receive just less than $90,000 to build new facility

The COVID-19 outbreak at the two Coastal GasLink workforce lodges has officially been declared over. (Lakes District News file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at Coastal GasLink worksites declared over

In total, 56 cases were associated with the outbreak in the Burns Lake and Nechako LHAs

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

A 75-year-old aircraft has been languishing in a parking lot on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, but will soon be moved to the B.C. Aviation Museum. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vintage military aircraft moving from Chilliwack to new home at B.C. Aviation Museum

The challenging move to Vancouver Island will be documented by Discovery Channel film crews

A video posted to social media by Chilliwack resident Rob Iezzi shows a teenager getting kicked in the face after being approached by three suspects on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Rob i)
VIDEO: Security cameras capture ‘just one more assault’ near B.C. high school

Third high-school related assault captured by Chilliwack resident’s cameras since beginning of 2021

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey. Humphrey, a Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season, He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)
Oklahoma lawmaker proposes ‘Bigfoot’ hunting season

A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season

Most Read