Soggy conditions couldn’t stop the Chilliwack Stars from winning a Fraser Valley soccer championship last weekend.
The U-13 Chilliwack girls took on the Abbotsford Hurricane, winning 2-1 in a dramatic shootout.
Inactive for four weeks leading up the game, the locals looked rusty in the opening half and trailed 1-0 at the break.
A lineup change helped turn the tables in the second half, with co-captains Annalise Wilkinson and Ashley Tizzard moving from defence to midfield. Their presence got the Chilliwack offence rolling.
Darian Bisschop set up the first Stars goal with a chip over the Abbotsford D. Katie Murphy ran onto the loose ball and beat the Hurricane keeper with a rocket from 19 yards out.
Wilkinson then dropped back to defence, joined by Annalise Van Ruitenberg and Sierra Jensen. Together, they kept the Abbotsford shooters to the outside, making life far easier for Chilliwack netminder Kyra Wiens. The score was 1-1 through full time, and overtime solved nothing.
Wiens made four stellar stops in the shooting, punching one shot inches over the crossbar. Her teammates put three into the Hurricane net to take the shootout 3-2.
Wiens and Wilkinson were the players of the game.