Penalty kicks propel Trojan girls to soccer provincials

It took extra time and penalty kicks but R.D. Parker Collegiate’s girls’ soccer team prevailed over the Hapnot Collegiate Institute Kopper Kweens from Flin Flon for the third straight year to capture the Zone 11 soccer championships and a spot in provincials with a 2-1 victory on their home field Sept. 28.

Megan Szabo and Emma Deibert connected on penalty kicks to give Thompson the victory after the first attempt by Keashae Masters was turned aside and Hapnot scored for a 1-0 advantage. Erica Anderson had the Trojans’ only goal of regulation time in the first half. Flin Flon tied it up after halftime. 

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Masters thought she had given the Trojans the lead during the first seven-and-a-half minute overtime period but the goal was immediately waved off by the referee.

The match was by far the closest of the tournament for the Trojans, who defeated Frontier Mosakihiken School (FMS) from Moose Lake 7-0 and Mikisew School from Cross Lake 10-0 Sept. 27 in round-robin play. 

Masters had three goals against FMS, with Nicole Cruda, Kennedy Courvoisier, Anderson and Amy Shier chipping in singles. Masters also had a pair of goals against Mikisew, with Morgan Johnson, Szabo, Avery Ritchie, Anderson, Madison Jackson, Emma Tomchuk and Shier notching one goal apiece.

RDPC’s boys’ team fell just short of a championship and a trip to provincials, losing 2-1 to the Hapnot Kopper Kings in the final. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the first half but Hapnot responded within two minutes to even the score once again and then got the winner in the second half. The boys won both their round-robin games Sept. 27, beating Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre (HBO) from Norway House 12-1 and Frontier Collegiate Institute from Cranberry Portage 5-0.

Thomas King, Sam Millar and Keniel Williams all had hat tricks against HBO, with Nathan Lounsbury and Miles Stillie also scoring.

Williams, Lounsbury, King and Nick Stewart scored in the win over Frontier. 

A/AA/AAA soccer provincial are being held Oct. 18-19 in Minnedosa.

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