The Charles Hays Secondary School soccer team qualified for provincials after going 2-0 at zones. (Submitted photo)

Rupert soccer team makes it rain in zones

Charles Hays Secondary School soccer team qualified for Burnaby provincial tournament

The Charles Hays Secondary School soccer team will compete in provincials this year after going 2-0 in zones over the weekend.

“I’m very proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish,” said head coach Ricky Deforge. “They deserve to move on to provincials, they’ve earned it.”

The Rainmakers made the trip to Kitimat Oct. 28 where they played games against Smithers and Kitimat in their bid to be crowned the best in the northwest. Prince Rupert won the first game against Smithers 2-0 behind two goals from Sean Sahai in what Deforge said was a strong defensive performance from his team.

The second game was against a scrappy Kitimat squad who the Rainmakers had already defeated in the season. CHSS took an early one-goal lead midway through the first half, but allowed Kitimat to score two goals in the second half, putting them on the back foot as the game was coming to an end. Deforge said his team may have underestimated their opposition due to their previous success against them.

“We’d already beaten them twice this year,” he said.

RELATED: CHARLES HAYS’ BOYS PLAYING THROUGH THE SNOW

With four minutes left in the Rainmakers season, they were able to get a goal to tie the game, and with two minutes left Eric Tubb was able to score the game winner to punch CHSS’s ticket to provincials.

“Resilience prevailed and I think conditioning helped them,” Deforge said.

The Rainmakers will make the trip to Burnaby for provincials, which takes place Nov. 20-22. Deforge said the team needs to work on their conditioning, ball movement and organization on set plays if they want to compete in the tournament. He said he thinks CHSS stands a good chance of doing well, but the key to making a deep run will be having everyone peaking at the same time and not underestimating their opponents.

“I think they will definitely be in the top half,” he said. “In high school soccer, the difference could be a matter of only one or two players on each team, so anything can happen.”


 


matthew.allen@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Charles Hays Rainmakers

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

Just Posted

Carving talent on display at ANBT

Clint Adams carves tradtional First Nations designs in copper, silver, gold and wood

Prince Rupert Rampage go the distance to knock off Hazelton

Sunday afternoon victory caps off contentious series; Terrace River Kings up next

New Aiyansh stun Hydaburg to claim first ever All Native Masters Division title

Buzzer beating three pointer by Rich Wolff caps wild comeback; Justin Adams chosen as MVP

Prince Rupert reigns once again at All Native Tournament

Cubs score first Intermediate banner for Prince Rupert since 2010

Skidegate Saints return to top of the Seniors Division with comeback effort against Metlakatla AK

Jesse Barnes wins MVP as Saints get revenge on Alaska side in All Native finale

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Most Read