CONTRIBUTION · 13th July 2010
Terrace U-16 boys found themselves in the bronze medal game after sporting a record of two wins and one loss after the round robin. This was their fourth straight appearance in a medal game at the provincials for this group of boys. Terrace entered the game with quite a few nagging injuries as the tournament took its toll on the team. Gordon had a bad ankle, J. Kennedy, N.Chapman and N. Homeniuk all had knee issues, Klein had a bad back, Missere had a calf injury. Coach (doc) Chapman had digestive tract issues and Coach Gordon had brain issues. (Hey, I'm speaking in the third person, kool)
This time they found themselves up against a familiar opponent. Kamloops defeated Terrace in the 2009 provincial bronze medal game 3-0. Once again the Kermodes got off to a slow start as the Blaze opened the scoring eight minutes in on a nice shot after a give and go inside the eighteen. The Terrace side stayed positive and finally found their game around the twenty minute mark and started to move the ball around nicely.
At times it was very nice to watch as both teams attacked with some slick passing. Luke Gordon found the net around the thirty eight minute mark. He one timed a nice Tyler Struyk (reminiscent of a young Cal Struyk) pass at the top of the eighteen that seemed to be going far post until it struck a defender and went near post. The keeper had no chance. The team was very upbeat heading into the break.
The second half was very entertaining. Both teams had great opportunities. Both keepers played well. Brandon Stella made some great saves. The game ended 1-1 so they headed into extra time.
Seven minutes into overtime a shot from Gordon squeezed through the hands of the keeper who seemed to lose the ball in the sun giving Terrace the lead heading into the second overtime. Kamloops tied it up on a great individual effort from their outside right midfielder. The final ten minute of overtime was very entertaining as both teams traded great chances. Penalty kicks was going to decide it. Aiden (clean) Klein gave Terrace the lead. Kamloops tied it but Stella got a glove on it. Kermodes missed their second. Stella made a great save on the Kamloops second. Terrace missed their third shot. Kamloops converted for a 2-1 advantage. Nick Homeniuk converted. Stella made a huge save on their fourth. Terrace missed on their fifth. A Kamloops goal on the last shot would have won it but it wasn't to be as Stella made a huge save. Alvin Seymour then stepped up and buried the sixth shot. Brandon Stella then made his fourth save of the penalty kicks to secure the bronze medal.
Stella was the man of the match along with Jason Vandevelde (ironically if you translate his last name in English it means "Spain got lucky") Homeniuk, Klein and Missere also had great games as they ran miles chasing the Kamloops defenders.
3 cheers for the Bronze!
Comment by Jacques Pelletier on 17th July 2010
Sounds like a well-deserved win. The boys are fortunate to have you as their coach!
Comment by cgm on 14th July 2010
Good job boys and coaches.