Photo submitted Williams Lake’s Katie McMahen (back from left)

Photo submitted Williams Lake’s Katie McMahen (back from left)

Lakecity ladies claim Big Bear title

Six women’s teams and nine men’s teams converged at the Revelstoke Big Bear Classic June 14-15 and Williams Lake marched away the winner.

Six women’s teams and nine men’s teams converged at the Revelstoke Big Bear Classic June 14-15 and Williams Lake marched away the winner.

Williams Lake comfortably won its first game against the Grass Kickers from Kelowna, 3-0.

Haylie Loudoun, Kelsey Callander and Katie McMahen scored in the winning effort.

The second game of round robin play, with a late start of 7 p.m., was a physical-, fast-paced game against Nelson. Loudoun found the twine in the first half to put Williams Lake up 1-0, before Nelson answered back to even it up at the half. With no scoring in the second half the game the final ended up 1-1.

Nelson had also won its round robin game against Kelowna, 3-0, so it came down to a coin toss to determine who won the pool. Nelson won the toss, so advanced from the pool in first place.

Williams Lake, however, advanced to Sunday’s semifinal, meeting Duffy’s from Kamloops. Williams Lake put forward a dominant 5-1 win with goals from Loudoun, Camie Nash, Chelann Davis, Ashley Callander and Lauren Pilszek.

In the other semifinal Party Train of Vernon pulled off a massive upset, defeating Nelson in a shootout to advance to the final.

There, Williams Lake tallied a pair of early goals and were able to set the tone and pace of the game.

Williams Lake continued to strike, winning in a 5-0 shutout.

Goal scorers in the final were Loudoun, Ashley, Cora Kelly and two from Davis.

Michelle Thamerus, Niki Siddal, Angela Hay, Anitra Worton and Pilszek put forth solid defensive efforts throughout the tournament.

On the men’s side a foursome of lakecity players joined the Revelstoke men’s team, as most of their usual team who has won the tournament for a number of years in a row was unable to attend.

Sean Glanville, Luke Moger, Mike Brogan and Dale Latin (who joined the team Sunday) lost to Nelson in the semifinal, however, lakecity players played leading roles on the club.