R.D. Parker Collegiate’s soccer teams started off their quests for a berth at provincials with shutout victories in their first games of the Zone 11 championships Sept. 28 at Burntwood School field in Thompson.
With temperatures hovering around freezing and snowflakes on the ground and in the air, the girls’ team started off their tournament with a 6-0 victory over the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre (HBO) Huskies from Norway House. Keshae Masters got her first of two goals on the game almost immediately after play got underway, with Jada Bull and Erica Anderson adding first-half tallies to send the Trojans to the break up 3-0. Emma Tomchuk had RDPC’s fourth goal in the second half, with Masters and Anderson following up with their second strikes of the game.
Four players also scored for the boys’ team, which also started off against the Huskies. Isaak Weenusk, Brandon Stuart, Kyle Tomchuk and Shiv Vyas got the tallies for the Trojans.
The RDPC boys return to the pitch at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 against Frontier Collegiate Institute, while the girls take on Chemawawin at 9:30 a.m. The boys then finish the round robin against Mikisew School from Cross Lake at 2 p.m.
The top teams from each of the pools in both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments will play for the championship and a spot at provincials. The girls' final starts at 3:30 p.m. and the boys' final begins at 5 p.m.