Williams Lake’s Ryan Glanville

Williams Lake’s Ryan Glanville

Lakecity dynasty rolls through Revy

Both a Williams Lake men's and ladies' soccer team marched away from the Revelstoke Big Bear Classic with championships on the weekend.

The Williams Lake Lightning won an unprecedented fifth consecutive title at the 22nd annual Big Bear Classic Soccer Tournament in Revelstoke on the weekend.

Not to be outdone, a Williams Lake ladies team, along with a few pickups from Kamloops — We Kam and We Will — captured its first ever championship at the tournament.

On the men’s side tournament organizers described this year’s 14-team field as the toughest and deepest they’d seen in the history of the event and the Lightning definitely had their work cut out for them.

“Every year the tournament gets tougher to win and everybody badly wants to be the team that ends our streak,” said Lightning forward Ryan Glanville. “All four of our games this year were close but we always seem to find that big goal when we need it and our team defense always comes up huge.”

The Lightning opened the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Vernon Saturday morning. After falling behind 1-0 Williams Lake answered back with two quick goals from Reimo Paivenen and Hee Young Chung to take a 2-1 lead at half time. Vernon would score late in the game to earn the 2-2 draw.

In game two Williams Lake defeated Cranbrook 1-0 with Dale Latin scoring the winning goal earning the Lightning a spot in Sunday’s semifinal.

In the semifinal Williams Lake defeated Courvas of Salmon Arm, 1-0. Latin again emerged the hero with a long blast from 25 yards out that went off the post and in. The victory set up a rematch with Vernon in the finals as they defeated the host, Revelstoke, in extra time in the other semi.

In the finals Ryan found some space and laced a shot into the bottom corner about 20 minutes into the contest to put Williams Lake ahead 1-0, which proved to be the final score.

The defensive line of Jason Burrows, Casey Cullen, Sean Glanville and Luke Mojer took care of the rest as they were at their stingy best recording their third consecutive clean sheet. Goalkeeper Mike Norris made a huge fingertip save early on in the final to help earn his third shutout in a row.

Other members of the winning Lighting squad including Geoff Buchanan, Owen Parrot, Jean-Marc Moncion and Craig Latin. The Big Bear tournament comes on the heels of another Lightning win in Penticton over the May long weekend.

http://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/tribune/.DIR288/SUB-Big-Bear-revy---14-.jpg

On the ladies side We Kam and We Will defeated the Okanagan Wolfpack of Kelowna in a penalty shootout to win the championship.

We Kam and We Will opened its round robin against Vernon and cruised to an 8-0 win with goals from multiple players. Keepers Niki Siddall of Kelowna and Kamloops’ Alyse Fitzpatrick were awarded the shutout.

In game two the ladies fell 2-1 to the Okanagan Wolfpack after giving up two goals in the second half — the winner coming late on a penalty kick. Chelann Davis scored the lone goal for We Kam and We Will.

Next, after finishing second in its pool, the ladies faced off against Kamloops World Masters in the semifinal.

Williams Lake, on the strength of a solid midfield performance from Katie McMahen, Ashley Callander, Jamie Bourdon, Kelsey Callander, Lauren Pilszek and Kristin Tilbury, defeated Kamloops 4-0. Fiona Jamin of Nelson was also a force on the forward line.

In the final Williams Lake once again met the Okanagan Wolfpack — the only team to put a blemish on its record at the tournament.

“The game was one of few chances for either team and the majority of the play was in the midfield,” said We Kam and We Will defender Andrea Latin.

When the Wolfpack did generate chances Andrea, Leah Watt, Marina Campsall, Christy Dejmek and Sidall kept the door closed as time wound down in regulation.

The game went to a shootout with Williams Lake winning 5-4 on goals from Andrea, Ashley, Alyse, Christy and Haylie Shoults.

Top goal scorers of the tourney for the ladies were Davis and Shoults.

http://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/tribune/.DIR288/SUB-Big-Bear-evelstoke-champs.jpg

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Reasonable decision making can go a long way

We’re all at fault, but today I’ll pick on politicians

Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)
MLA’s CORNER: Be thankful for volunteers

It amazes me just how much people do to make the Cariboo Chilcotin region a better place for all

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.
FOREST INK: A year to remember for lumber prices

As of March 12, a basic SPF (spruce, pine, fir) two-by-four cost $1,040 per thousand board feet

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: Drier weather good for calving season

My partner and I team up to look for any newborns and note them for later in the day

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP are looking for information on an alleged shooting attempt near an elementary school in Smithers March 10. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
UPDATE: Man killed in brazen daylight shooting at Vancouver airport

Details about the police incident are still unknown

Pieces of nephrite jade are shown at a mine site in northwestern B.C. in July 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tahltan Central Government MANDATORY CREDIT
Indigenous nation opposes jade mining in northwestern B.C.

B.C.’s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources

The body of Brenda Ware, 35, was found along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (RCMP handout)
RCMP ask for tips after woman’s body found in Kootenay National Park

Brenda Ware was found along Highway 93 in the park, 54 kilometres north of the town of Radium

People pass the red hearts on the COVID-19 Memorial Wall mourning those who have died, opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Embankment in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kirsty Wigglesworth
For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Most Read