The Charles Hays Secondary School senior girl’s soccer team had a solid start to their season, going 1-1 in their season opening playday on April 7.
Four teams from Smithers, Kitimat and Terrace made the trip to Prince Rupert where they tried to shake off the off season rust and find their rhythm as zones approach.
Rainmakers coach Mike Cavin said he is pleased with how his team was able to execute in their first few games. He said the team’s play style depends on them passing the ball and controlling possession in the midfield to create opportunities for their strikers on the wings.
“I’m really happy with how we were able to move the all to the open person,” he said. “It looks like a good start for our first play day.”
The Rainmakers Centennial Christian School 2-2 in their first game behind goals from Emily Cavin and Delanie Herbert.
In their second game against Mount Elizabeth Secondary School (MESS), Charles Hays took an early lead after Cavin scored an early goal in the first half. The Rainmakers controlled the flow of the game for most of the half, but a brief defensive lapse allowed an MESS striker to get a breakaway opportunity which she scored to tie the game 1-1.
In the second half, the Rainmakers lost more momentum when they conceded another breakaway goal to fall behind 1-2 with a little less than 30 minutes remaining in the game.
The team was able to regroup however, and scored two goals to regain the lead. The first was scored by Marley McDonald after she won the ball on the right edge of the MESS box and placed a beautiful shot on the inside of the far post. The winning goal was put away by Jolie Amante, who captialized on a MESS turnover to score.
“It was great the way the girls came back,” Cavin said. “They showed great fight.”
The team has a few weeks before their next play day at the end of the month. Cavin said even though they played well, the team still has work to do to improve its set plays and corner kick execution.