Soccer Strikers find missing offence in weekend wins

Chilliwack's U-16 soccer Strikers have struggled to score this season. They had no such difficulties in a pair of weekend wins.

Chilliwack’s U-16 soccer Strikers played a pair of games on the weekend, starting with a league game Friday against the visiting North Van Twisters.

The Twisters travelled a long way to be blown out, losing 5-0 to the home team at Exhibition Stadium.

The Chilliwack girls opened the scoring at the 27 minute mark on a goal by Haley Mainse, and doubled their lead one minute later on a strike by Kristy Ricard. Midfielder Breanna Zeswick had a hand in both goals.

The Strikers led 2-0 at the half and added their third goal seven minutes into the second half.

Chilliwack keeper Samantha Chand boomed a goal kick to forward Makayla Pfeifer, who chipped the ball ahead to Emma Haagensen. The speedster burst past a Twister defender and slipped the ball behind the sprawling North Van netminder.

Pfeifer added a goal of her own at the 15 minute mark and striker Emily Finley wrapped up the scoring.

 

— The Strikers needed a win in their third and final Cup game on Sunday, and got it with a 7-1 thumping of the Surdel Vipers.

Finley opened the scoring for Chilliwack three minutes in, and the goals kept coming.

Zeswick scored off a Nikki Loewen corner kick at the 12 minute mark. Mainse, Ricard and Haagensen all hit the scoresheet as Chilliwack carried a 5-0 lead into halftime.

The teams played nine-a-side in the second half, but the domination continued. Sydney Richards scored at the nine minute mark, set up by Brett Karcioglu and Jade Emond.

Ricard scored her second of the game at the 10 minute mark, helped by Emond and midfielder Taylor Allen.

The Vipers broke up Chilliwack’s shutout bid with a late goal, scored on a penalty shot.

With the win, Chilliwack finished second in the first round of Cup play. They await the results of other games to find out if they’ll be moving on to the next elimination round.