Lillooet soccer teams did themselves proud at the South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association’s (SCMSA) year-end tournament, held June 23-24 in Ashcroft.
“All our teams did really well,” reports Kim Davy, who represents Lillooet on the SCMSA. She also sits on the board of Just Do It Sports.
Lillooet had eight teams entered in the league this year – one U-7 squad, 3 U-10 teams, two U-13 teams and two U-16 entries.
The U-10 Brian Stone Ltd. team finished second in the tournament and first in league play.
Reversing the Stone team’s position, Cayuse Transport Ltd.’s U-10 team finished first in its class in the tournament and second in league play during the season.
The U-13 Winners Edge team also finished first in the Ashcroft tournament and third in league play.
The U-16 Red team also claimed first place in regular season competition while finishing third in the tourney.
Lillooet’s U-16 Grey team earned bragging rights in the tournament and finished second in the league.
This was the first time in several years that Lillooet has entered a U-7 team in the South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association. The U-7s are too young to be involved in competitive action, “but they really had a great time,” according to Davy.
Coaches for Lillooet’s teams are:
U-7: Ginger-lee Clifford and Kim Davy.
U-10 - Paulo Torrao, Twanda Hatendi, Karin and Clint Ely, Ray James, Tony Jacob, Denny Higginbottom, Jason Jacob and Angela Koutougos.
U-13: Juan Jimenez, Deb Peters, Thomas Moore, Jeff Harrison, Cassie Grant, Matt Melenius and Amy Falk.
U16: Therese Harrison, Teresa Scallon, Patti Williams, Aldon Alexander and Roxanne Weber.
“I would also like to say how much we appreciate all the people behind the scenes who help with the organization at the beginning and throughout to make sure kids have fields to play on, snacks for games; they do so many tasks - Steve Alain, Oliver Williams, and Jolee John,” said Davy. “Just Do It Sports Society is a huge contributor to the soccer program. Without the society there would not have been soccer for some of the kids.”
Interest in youth soccer has grown by more than 50 per cent in recent years within the SCMSA.
Communities represented in the league include Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Lillooet, Clinton, Lytton and Logan Lake.