The Ponoka Minor Soccer association is having a great season. With only a few more games left here is an update from some of the teams.
The U12 boys are coached by Tanya Lutz and Lonnie Behm. We have 19 boys on our roster – only three of them are second years, so we are having a building year. The boys have really learned a lot and it is sad that the season is almost over because they just seem to be getting into their groove. We had a 6-0 shutout against Clive last week, and lost to Stettler in the pouring rain on. We are playing in Camrose and trying a new formation, hoping to play a little more defensivly than offensively which hasn’t seemed to work for us so far. We have one make up game left, then Provincial Qualifiers, and our season is done. The kids have really soaked up all the knowledge that Lonnie has given them and next year will be able to rock the tier. We have really enjoyed this season.
The U12 girls, who call themselves “Dry Ice” are coached by Gurgit Sandhu and Cameron Horan. The girls are incredibly enthusiastic, and are the “cheerleaders” of their league. They currently have a record of four wins, five losses and three ties. The girls are really meshing as a team, exhibiting some outstanding play in their last two games. With a balance of both first and second year players, these kids have come a long way from the start of the season. They never quit trying and support each other on and off the field.
The U14 girls have a little disappointing season because they have only won one, tied one and lost the rest but they have all been very close games (3-2, 2-1). They have 21 players and only four have played on the large field and a competitive team so they are very young. They have improved by leaps and bounds since they first started. The girls are coached by Peter VerHoog and Lorne McClaflin.
The Ponoka U16 boys are currently sporting an even 5-5 record. This is a growth year for these kids as they only have three second year players, and are carrying four players on the roster who are underage. Competition is tough and the games that our boys lost were close ones. Our boys are exhibiting great sportsmanship and are playing their hearts out each and every game. Coaches are Martien Opsteen and Siebe Brouwer. We have one regular season game left before Provincial Qualifiers June 20-22.
The U16 girls had a wonderful season with a 10wins, 3 losses and one tie and ended up second in the league. Coaches are Myron Pearman, Blake Ross and Merrina Hunter.