The CHSS soccer boys are NorthWest zone champions thanks to a strong showing in Prince Rupert last Saturday. The boys beat Kitimat 4-0 and then edged Smithers 1-0 in a tense shootout victory in the championship game.

VIDEO and Story: CHSS soccer boys provincials-bound

Charles Hays Secondary School’s (CHSS) boys soccer team are NorthWest Zone champions.

var videoPlayer = document.getElementById(‘bp_video’);
// Pause event

videoPlayer.addEventListener(‘click’,function(){
if(videoPlayer.currentTime > 0 && videoPlayer.currentTime < 10 ){
document.location.href = “http://www.rupertport.com”;
}
else{
if(!videoPlayer.paused ){
videoPlayer.play();
}
else{
videoPlayer.pause();
}
}
});



The boys are headed to provincials.

Charles Hays Secondary School’s (CHSS) boys soccer team won the NorthWest Zone title last Saturday at the CHSS field with wins over Kitimat and Smithers.

The Rainmakers edged Smithers 1-0 in an eight-round shootout for the title. Jaibir Sidhu scored the decided goal to an ecstatic Rupert team and crowd.

“It feels great,” said Rainmakers coach Simon Ruperto. “We just peaked at the right moments.”

The game was filled with tense moments, but both goaltenders were strong. Josh Reniero was in net for Rupert and made several key stops, including a breakaway attempt in the second half.

Rupert had several scoring opportunities late in the game, but couldn’t capitalize. That led to an exciting shootout. Reniero made a couple key saves to seal the deal for the Rainmakers.

Ruperto, who is in his second season as the soccer coach, said this team is just that, a complete team.

“Any single player can play at any single moment. Every player brings something to the team and we also have some special players that can change the game at any moment,” he said.

He praised the boys for how hard they work, practicing six to seven days a week, regardless of if he’s there or not.

Zones was a round-robin tournament. However, thanks to Kitimat losing to both Rupert and Smithers, the game between the Rainmakers and Smithers squad turned out to be the deciding one.

Rupert beat Kitimat 4-0 in the opening game. Daniel Page and Bailey Melo both scored in that one. It was important for the team to be all over Kitimat and get their confidence up before playing Smithers, said Ruperto.

It was a slow season start for the team, losing their first two games. But then they won both games in a tournament in Kitimat a couple weeks ago and kept right on rolling. But the boys will be up against some tough challengers at provincials.

“It’s going to be a little bit tougher because usually those teams are older. They’re going to be more physical. The way we play soccer, the way we move it around is going to help us out a bit.”

Technically, this team is a senior team. But due to lack of players, Rupert is made up of players from Grade 9 through 12, with the majority of the team being juniors. Most other teams are just Grade 11 and 12 players.

Despite that, the coach doesn’t see any big holes in the way they play, but experience will give them that extra edge and get them to the next level.

“There’s no huge deficit in their game. It’s just learning to play together more. The more games they play, the better they’ll get,” said Ruperto.

Nothing is confirmed, but provincials will likely be in Burnaby sometime at the end of November. Ruperto said he will be trying to figure out fundraising to try and get the boys there because they deserve that experience.

 

Just Posted

Back on track: Rampage cruise past Hazelton

Kory Movold hat trick, strong goaltending from Devon Gerrits aid Rampage in scrappy affair

Two streaks end at Prince Rupert Rampage first away game

The Kitimat Ice Demons won their first game after two year drought

PRMS Grade 8 girls welcome Coast Tsimshian Academy for first home volleyball game

Sportsmanship was on display in Prince Rupert over the weekend

Return of the Rampage, and more Prince Rupert weekend sports briefs

Snooker season has started at the Legion, with five matches already in the books

Climate, reconciliation and industry top all candidates agenda in Terrace

Debate was the candidate’s last opportunity to address voters in a public forum

WATCH: Minor hockey, major fun

Rupert Rampage drop by to teach some skills at Timbits hockey

B.C. VIEWS: How to get the best deal on your ICBC car insurance

ICBC slowly being dragged into the 21st century

Pot legalization has gone ‘well’, but ‘yellow flags’ on vaping: task force chair

Canada legalized cannabis for non-medical use on Oct. 17, 2018,

ELECTION 2019: Federal leaders hit final 24 hours of campaign

Many leaders remain in B.C. for the final hours of the campaign

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Most Read