Photo submitted The Williams Lake U18 Storm team of assistant coach George Fraser (back from left), Tim Pitt, Cade Enns, Mitch Blusson, Melkum Pitt, Jared Brown, head coach Joel Brown, Wesley Fraser, Patrik Prokes, assistant coach Dragan Jukic, Logan Hutchinson (front from left), Ty Wasyliw, Ben Airey, Raiden Lainchbury, Ethan Reid, Dominic Kniec and Nathan Kendrick played to a gold medal during the weekend at a tournament in Surrey.

U18 Storm strike gold at Umbro Challenge Cup in Surrey

After a 0-0 tie at the half, the Storm came on strong.

The Williams Lake U18 Storm boys soccer team marched away as champions from the Umbro Challenge Cup in Surrey during the long weekend.

Opening the tournament versus the Coastal Vipers for its first game Saturday, the Storm played to 2-0 shutout victory with goals from Raiden Lainchbury and Wesley Fraser.

Sunday, the Storm squared off against the Coastal White Team in a 2-2 tie, with goals from Ethan Reid and Cade Enns, before having to play a crossover game versus the Wesburn Revolution, who had been in the Storm’s opposite pool.

There, Ty Wasyliw and Fraser helped the Storm edge the Revolution in a 2-1 victory.

After the round robin the Storm sat first in their pool, and also first in overall points. The Revolution, meanwhile, advanced from their pool sending the two teams into a rematch for gold on Monday.

Coaches said the game was a tough, back-and-forth battle where the Revolution were hungry for redemption.

After a 0-0 tie at the half, the Storm came on strong.

Read More: Lakecity youth spring into soccer season

Roughly 10 minutes into the half Dominic Kniec knocked in a header from a throw-in to put the Storm up 1-0. The Revolution, meanwhile, continued to pressure and were awarded a free kick on a hand ball in the Storm box, however, goalkeeper Melkum Pitt was able to make the save and help hang onto the lead for his team.

The 1-0 lead stood up for the Storm, as they claimed gold over the Revolution.

“The older 2001/02 boys had not played in a tournament with the newly added 2004 boys, but we were all so proud of how well they came together as a unit and seemed to click right away,” said manager Lisa Hutchinson.

“Even the opposing coach from the gold-medal game commented on how well our boys worked together and communicated with one another. It was a fantastic start to the season and I couldn’t be happier for all of the boys. It was such great soccer to watch and be a part of.”



sports@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Just Posted

Berth at bowling provincials right up lakecity youth’s alley

A Williams Lake youth bowler will have a shot at a youth… Continue reading

Falcons swoop in on Hope hoops tourney championship

The Lake City Falcons senior boys basketball team is soaring high after… Continue reading

Services set to return to normal at Cariboo Memorial Hospital after cold weather wreaks havoc

Interior Health said efforts to get water back on at CMH have been successful

Midget Female Timberwolves close out regular season with win, tie

The T-wolves final position in the standings now depends on its opponents results

FOREST INK: Developing a local market for biochar

A good place to start is an article in the 2016 BC Organic Grower Journal by Marjorie Harris

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Most Read