Chilliwack’s U-13 Silver Strikers completed a dream season on Sunday, beating Vancouver’s KLM Sporting to claim the Coastal Cup soccer championship.
The girls did it on home turf, overcoming their opponents and severe hailstorms to take the title.
KLM Sporting threw a scare into Chilliwack, taking a 1-0 lead early in the second half. But the Silver Strikers came right back, equalizing on a goal by finals MVP Dawson Cornell. The winning goal came 10 minutes later as forward Sierra Brown tapped in a cross from midfielder Delaney Belknap.
Chilliwack went undefeated in league play this season and steamrolled their playoff opponents.
Goaltender Makenna Patrick made the key saves when she had to.
Stingy defenders Hannah Hallier, Lahayla Charlie-Campbell, Ashlee Flokstra, Bethany Friesen and Savannah Heuring kept things clean around Patrick’s net.
Midfielders Cornell, Belknap, Madelaine Rompf, Julie Smith, Codie Owens and Makayla Hurley set the table for forwards Brown, Carly Murray and Keagan James.
The team was coached by Dave Patrick and Rick Friesen.