The Lake City Falcons senior boys, for the second consecutive season, have qualified for the BC ‘AAA’ Soccer Championships.
The Falcons cruised to a 5-1 victory in the North Central Zone (NCZ) final Oct. 25 in Quesnel over Fort St. John to earn the provincial berth.
“The boys did well again this year representing their school and community,” said head coach Brian Hansen.
During preseason games the Falcons went 5-0 with wins over Quesnel, 100 Mile House, Prince George and Kamloops.
During the NCZ round robin Lake City defeated Quesnel and Dawson Creek, however, suffered their first loss of the season against an athletic and speedy Fort St. John squad, Hansen said.
“In the elimination round we went to a more compact formation to reduce space and time on the ball,” he said. “It worked well against Quesnel in the first elimination game and we were able to move the ball quickly and effectively without giving the other team any time on the ball to make plays.”
The Falcons picked up a 7-1 win as a result.
In the tournament final the Falcons had a chance for revenge and were again matched up with Fort St. John.
“Given how the previous game went we knew it would come down to work ethic and right from the opening whistle we were flying,” Hansen said.
“They made sure they competed for every loose ball while moving the ball quickly and accurately. For the other team it must have felt like they were playing up a hill.”
The game tilted quickly in the Falcons’ favour scoring three goals in the opening 11 minutes. Lake City then went on to the 5-1 victory.
The BC ‘AAA’ Soccer Championships are coming up Nov. 26-28 in Burnaby.