Rainmakers looking for first win

Two familiar, but challenging opponents greeted the Charles Hays Rainmakers’ girls soccer team last Saturday in Kitimat.

Two familiar, but challenging opponents greeted the Charles Hays Rainmakers’ girls soccer team last Saturday in Kitimat.

The Caledonia (CAL) Kermodes and Mount Elizabeth (MESS) Eagles, two foes that the Rainmakers have had a tough time putting away this year, met the Rupert girls for the team’s third straight weekend play day and second straight on the road.

The Kermodes were able to defeat the Rainmakers 6-0 at noon and the Eagles shut out the girls 2-0 at 4 p.m.

“CAL is, as usual, the stronger competitor. They’re fast and have good ball control,” said coach Kyla Ragan after the games.

“The girls enjoy playing all the [region’s] teams for different reasons … [Smithers’] team is close to the same level as us, but we have only had the chance to play them once this year.”

Harjyot Sidhu was in net for the doubleheader and made some key saves to keep her team in it.

“She blocked a penalty shot from CAL and many other shots throughout the game. Both teams had lots of opportunities for shots. CHSS just couldn’t finish it, missing the net by inches,” said the coach, adding the girls’  corner kicks have vastly improved as have their crosses and ball control.

CHSS next hosts zones on May 8 – 9.