The North Central Zone Soccer Championships are finished, and the DP Todd Trojans are off to a provincial championship.
The Trojans defeated the Duchess Park Condors in an all Prince George final Tuesday afternoon at Columneetza secondary to earn the lone provincial berth.
For Williams Lake high school soccer teams, the tourney marks the end of their seasons.
The Williams Lake Thunder senior boys finished fourth, while the Columneetza Cougars finished sixth.
Thunder coach Curt Levens said the team’s fourth-place finish wasn’t where they wanted to be, but added a change in a few unlucky bounces could have propelled them to a higher finish.
“I thought we could have won our semifinal game, and even our pool game against DP Todd,” Levens said. “I thought we outplayed them in the second half of our game.”
The two teams met Monday afternoon, in Williams Lake secondary’s last round robin game, falling 2-1 to the eventual champions.
“The last 30 minutes of the game we had lots of chances to tie it and even win, and we were just a little bit unlucky,” he said.
Tuesday morning, in a game that would determine who would advance to the final, the Thunder fell to the Condors, 3-1.
“Our semifinal game against Duchess we gave up three soft goals early,” Levens said.
“But in the second half we dominated. We had a goal, we had a post and we missed a penalty shot. The guys really played hard and they were quite pumped. Overall, I thought we played pretty well.”
For the Cougars, the tournament went everything but the way they had planned.
After losing a heartbreaker Monday afternoon in a shootout to College Heights, Columneetza was left out of the semifinals.
Tuesday, they were beaten by Burns Lake, 1-0, in the fifth/sixth place game.