CONTRIBUTION · 29th November 2010
Caledonia Boy's Soccer Team
The Caledonia boy’s soccer team surprised everyone at the provincials in Burnaby with 2 wins 2 ties and eventually 1 loss. The boys even had a 1-0 lead with 4 minutes left in the game against the tournament winning team from Kamloops, which tied the game up with barely anytime left. That’s how close the team came to winning it all.
The boys made the Provincials by beating Smithers and Kitimat on the second of November. The Caledonia Team first beat Kitimat 4-0 and then played Smithers. The final, a 1-0 win for Terrace, took a second overtime to secure the game for the Caledonia team.
The Provincials, which took place in Burnaby from November 22 to 24th, were the 46th Championships for Boy's AA Soccer.
The Caledonia boys were on the field at 11 am as the Tournament began on November 22. It was minus 10 degrees and the boys were wearing toques and gloves. Their first game was against Lambrick Park, a Victoria team who had won the tournament 4 times in last 9 years. They were both held to a scoreless tie.
At 3 pm they took on Sahali from Kamloops, which again went to a tie but each team scored one goal. In the scoreless first half Caledonia lost their captain Jordy Dacosta. He tore the ligaments in his right foot and was out for remainder of tournament; a big loss for Caledonia. In the second half Caledonia scored with a beauty cross pass from Justin Klein, which Jordan Wesley popped to Tabias who redirected, with his head, into the corner; a great goal putting Caledonia up 1 – 0. With only 3 minutes left the high powered Kamloops team was able to tie it up. It was a great showing for Caledonia on the first day.
The strategy for day 2 required Caledonia to beat the Prince George team by at least 3 goals and hope for Kamloops to tie their next match. Caledonia came out during the first half playing tight defense then got a break and capitalized. They went into first half break 1 – 0. Kamloops and Victoria were dead locked at 0 – 0, which was good news for Caledonia. In the 2nd half Caledonia came out flying, popping in 1 more, then quickly another for 3-0 lead. The other game was still dead locked at 0 – 0. When Caledonia scored again, making it 4 – 0 the team was ecstatic. This was short lived as the team heard the cheers from the other game when Sahali, the Kamloops team, scored late once again to move on to the final 4.
Later the same day at 3 pm Caledonia lost to Langley for the 5 and 6 placing. Caledonia was still in shock from coming so close to reaching the finals. The Langley team got a goal in the 2nd half and Caledonia could not tie it up.
The Caledonia boys would play another team from Kamloops on the 24th for 7 - 8 places. It was a nail biter with Caledonia pulling it off 2 - 1 ending the Tournament with a record of 2 wins 1 loss and 2 ties. During the closing ceremonies Caledonia was acknowledged as the only team to not lose to Kamloops with a reference to how close they were to winning. Basketball star Steve Nash, whose brother played for the Vancouver White Caps handing out the trophies. The Caledonia Captain who got hurt, Jordy Dacosta received the award for the most dedicated player. He has only missed 1 practice since grade 8.
The team had just over 2 weeks to raise funds to make the trip to Burnaby. They went on bottle drives as well as penny/coin drives. They even had a few of the parents approach local business for donations to go towards the teams’ trip south. The Boys Soccer team managed to raise over $8000 in this short period of time.
The boys did us all proud and Terrace came up big! Once again thanks Terrace for all the support. That’s what makes Terrace such a wonderful place to come from; the people once again, come through.
The entire Caledonia Boys Soccer team would like to thank a number of businesses and individuals that helped the team achieve their goal of getting to the Provincials.
Thank You to; Hawkair, Terrace Honda, Totem Ford, Thornhill Motors, MacCarthy Motors, Dodge, Toyota, Norms Auto body, NAPA, Greyhound, Azorcan Auto Body, ICBC, A&W, McDonalds, The Source for Sports, Coca Cola, Northern Savings, Skeena Rhino Lining, National rent a car, Paragon Insurance, Braids Insurance, Youth Soccer association, Terrace Rotary, Wightman &Smith Insurance, Keenleyside Insurance, Scott & Lori Mitchell, Richard Klein, Peter Demedeiros, Joe Missere, Tamila Dacosta, Coach Metzmeier, assistant coaches Angus McPherson, Taylor Baker and all parents who helped out. We never could have done this without all of you.
The Caledonia Boys pose with their Zones Trophy
The Caledonia Boys pose with their Zones Trophy
Cal Boys Soccer
Comment by Angus on 30th November 2010
Jordy actually hurt his ankle in the first game against Lambrick Park, not the second.