By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Diamonds proved to be too strong for the rest of the field at the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Cedar Street Facility.The Diamonds defeated The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the top prize at the eight-team holiday indoor tournament.The Diamonds, consisting mostly of players home from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island for the Christmas holiday, plowed through the round robin draw going undefeated.So the Diamonds were the favourites to continue the trend in the final against The Midget Pinkies in the finale.However, The Midget Pinkies, paced by the Stewart Family Members and Reed Bambrick kept the score close and had numerous scoring chances.But The Midget Pinkies were denied around the net, as most teams were during the two-day event, by goalkeeper Jan Williams in the Diamonds net.In the consolation final KRS Red edged Byron’s Army 10-8.The Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament increased to eight teams this year and consisted of players between the ages of 14 and 44 years as well as members of the Kootenay Regional Soccer program.The next Soccer Quest adult tournament will take place on March 26/27 and it will be a Masters 30 plus ladies and 35 plus men’s events. Teams from Kamloops and Penticton are already registered.Soccer Quest youth winter programs start Monday with registration now ongoing.By The Nelson Daily [email protected]
The Nelson Selects outscored the Kootenay South Storm 11-2 in a two-game, total goal series to capture the Kootenay Provincial B Cup U15 Girl’s Zone title Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects now advance to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in North Vancouver.”We are extremely pleased with the performance of the squad,” said Coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”Every member of the team worked well attacking and defending, and proved themselves worthy to represent the Kootenay Region at the Provincial B Cup in July.”Game won was never in doubt as the Selects jumped to a 3-0 lead en route to the five-goal victory.Allie Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half, followed by markers from Naomi Perkins and Emily Graeme to give Nelson a 3 – 0 lead at the half.The Storm squad scored from a penalty kick early in the second half to narrow the score to 3 – 1. However, Nelson quickly answered with goals by Camille Gebhart, Kyra Burkart, and a pair by Zondervan to bring the score to 7 – 1.Later in the day, the two sides squared off in game two with the same result.Nelson turned up the defence to score the shutout.Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half followed by a pair of goals by Perkins for a 3-0 lead at half.Perkins completed the hat-trick to secure the win and a berth in the Provincial B Cup.
Nelson Leafs scored three times in the first period en route to a 5-4 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Kolten Nelson scored twice to lead the Leafs to a second consecutive win over the Braves.Nelson bounced Spokane 6-2 Saturday in the Lilac City. Leafs dominated the Braves early as Nelson, Sawyer Hunt and Eamonn Miller scored in the opening frame to give the home side a 3-0 advantage.After Hunt scored, the shot clock read 10-1 in favour of the Leafs.Nelson increased its lead to 5-1 in the third as Nelson and Sam Weber scored before the Braves rallied to make the game close.Blake Halfpenny and Trail Thompson with a pair made the score close in the final period. Greg Lind had the other marker, scoring on the power play, for Spokane.Jason Sandhu registered his second win of the season in goal over the Braves as Nelson outshot Spokane 33-26.Leafs travel to Castlegar Saturday to face the Rebels. Castlegar served up the first loss of the season to Beaver Valley as the Sunflower City squad outlasted the Hawks 7-6.The win was also the Rebels first of the season after losing twice on a trip to the East Kootenay.