Sardis Falcons finish fourth at AAA high school provincials

The Falcons started the tourney 3-0 but saw their title hopes vanish with a loss to Fleetwood Park.

The Sardis Falcons went 2-2-1 at last week’s AAA girl’s soccer provincials, earning a fourth place finish.

That’s the highest a Sardis soccer squad has ever placed at the year-end tournament, which was held at the Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex.

Sardis opened last Wednesday, battling the South Delta Sun Devils to a 1-1 draw. Yasmina Enneddam scored the lone Falcon goal with three minutes to play, sending her team on to a match vs North Peace secondary school, from Fort St. John.

Sardis had no trouble in this one, dominating the entire game and winning 5-2. Mackenzie Silbernagel scored goals and Katie Lampen added two.

North Peace scored twice in the final eight minutes to wreck the shutout bid.

Sardis faced Handsworth (North Vancouver) Thursday morning with a semi-final spot on the line and blanked the Royals 2-0.

The Falcons took control midway through the first half and opened the scoring at the 33 minute mark. Amber Feaver pulled off a beautiful move on a Handsworth defender as she drove the ball down the left wing. From the corner she delivered a 35 yard cross to Meghan Rose in the six-yard box, and Rose expertly one-timed the ball past the Royals keeper.

Rose scored again in the second half, muscling through a Handsworth defender and ripping a shot into the top corner.

Sardis dominated a Thursday afternoon semi-final vs Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons, but fell 2-1.

A pair of defensive errors dug the Falcons into an early two-goal hole. Rose cut the deficit in half with another beautiful shot into the top left corner, but her team couldn’t find the equalizer. The Falcons hit a goal-post and had a handful of near misses as the Dragons hung on for the win.

A deflated Sardis squad fell 2-1 in the three vs four game against Centennial, with Enneddam scoring the lone goal.

“Of the 11 starters from our final two games, seven are returning and six of them are currently in Grade 10,” said Falcons coach Richard Tagle. “With the return of provincial team member Nikki Gregory next year, the team should be very competitive again.”