Lakers coach sees improved play in field hockey team

Penticton Lakers girls field hockey team places sixth, coach sees improved play

Improvement was shown by the Pen High Lakers girls field hockey team during Kelowna Secondary School’s Golden Pumpkin tournament.

A 1-0 loss gave the Pen High Lakers girls field hockey team finish sixth in the Kelowna Secondary School Golden Pumpkin tournament.

Lakers coach Shaun Johnston was pleased with her team’s performance as they placed sixth following a 1-0 loss to Okanagan Mission. The Lakers started the tournament with losses to the South Kamloops Titans and the Rossland Lions. The Lakers rebounded to post a 2-0 victory over Princess Margaret on Friday. Anna Jo Grandbois and Ali Pearson were the scorers. That put them third in their pool and in a Saturday morning showdown against the Stanley Humphries Rockettes of Castlegar.

“Although we had a territorial advantage in play, we were unable to score until the second half,” said Johnston. “Christy Grandbois cashed in on a pass from Katya MacDonald. Goalkeeper Kyra Anderson didn’t face a lot of shots, but made a great reflex toe save on a breakaway with just a couple of minutes remaining to preserve the 1-0 victory.”

The Lakers hosted the Mt. Boucherie Bears on Tuesday with the winner claiming third place in league play and facing the No. 2 team in the semifinals of the Valley Championships on Oct. 27.