Chilliwack FC’s U-16 Strikers await semi-final opponent

Chilliwack FC's U-16 Strikers handed West Vancouver a loss last weekend, West Van's first of the year.

Chilliwack’s U-16 Strikers took on West Vancouver in a quarter-final playoff game last weekend.

West Van hadn’t lost a game all season, but Chilliwack ended that  with a 1-0 win.

West Van’s speed and high scoring had been their trademark through the season. But this time, they found themselves up against a tougher and more determined team in Chilliwack.

The game’s only goal came 35 minutes into the first half.

Kristy Ricard cleared a centering pass from her own 18 that found forward Emily Finley at center. Finley headed the ball past the last defender and had a clear path to the West Van net.

Though her first shot was stopped, she chipped the rebound up and over the fallen keeper.

West Van moved to a 4-3-3 formation to try to get the equalizer in the second half, but Chilliwack’s strong defensive play kept them at bay.

Keeper Samantha Chand made two game saving stops to preserve the win.

The Strikers now take home field advantage into a semi-final game on Sunday.

They must wait for the result of the other quarter-final before they will know who their opposition will be.