Celine Francisco of the Pinnacles tries her best to get past Kamloops defender Caitlyn Gilbert. Steve Kidd/Western News

Pinnacles feast on Kamloops

Pinnacles FC under-18 girls team getting ready for provincials, cruise to easy win over Kamloops

The Pinnacles FC under-18 girls team scored at will against the Kamloops Blaze in Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League play.

A highlight reel goal was Samantha Schulte-Luinenburg slipping a shot past the keeper with the back of her heel in a 7-1 final on June 4. The Pinnacles were led by Nadia Campagnaro with two, Caroline Brunton, Jollee Perrier, Brooke Planedin and Ailie Hayman.

“I thought we played quite well,” said Pinnacles coach Carlos Mendonca. “Our positioning was good. We had a lot of balls played at the feet and found our strikers. We were trying to play quick and were able to execute.”

Mendonca said in the second half the players continued to create chances and the goals came.

The Pinnacles close out the regular season against Vernon United on the road on June 11. The Pinnacles have qualified for provincials and will face Kelowna United under-18 in a home and home set for seeding on June 15 and 18. Provincials are taking place in Surrey.

The Pinnacles FC U16 female team have six wins and a tie heading into their final game Sunday. On June 4 the Pinnacles shutout Salmon Arm and take on Kamloops, who they have tied twice this season.

The U15 Pinnacles closed out the season with a 2-0 loss to Salmon Arm. They finished with three wins in eight matches.

On the boys’ side, the under-18 team smoked Vernon United 7-0 at King’s Park 4. The win wraps up their season with six wins, a loss and a tie. The under-14 team are on the road for its final game after picking up a 2-1 win at home over Kelowna United E. The Pinnacles have five wins in nine games.

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