Last time the Princes Margaret Mustangs girls field hockey team faced the Okanagan Mission Huskies, they lost 2-0 in Kelowna.
The Mustangs entered Wednesday’s game with two wins in four games and played to a 0-0 tie in Okanagan Valley AA league action on home turf. Alaysha Funk was in goal for a second consecutive shutout.
“We played really well,” said Mustangs assistant coach Mark Hartmann, filling in for coach Christy Bevington. “The girls showed heart beating them to balls. We had opportunities to win. We weren’t just hanging on.”
Hartmann, who added it was fun to see the team be competitive, noted Kaycee McKinnon, Kendra Penner and Madison Cook for their outstanding play. Also having strong games were Payton Charley, Amanda Van Os and Kyla Lionello on defence.
Both teams will meet again in Oliver Monday as the South Okanagan Secondary School Hornets host the Valley AA championship.
The other semifinal game features the Hornets and the Summerland Rockets.
The winner of the Okanagan Valley championship qualifies for provincials in Vancouver.
Making up the Mustangs team are Joycelyn Legary, Emily Bowen, Mickella Biggs, Makeena Hartmann, Cook, Ajay Penny, Brooklyn Cook, Sylvia Barnett, Belle Grant, Sophie Biollo, Lionello, Taylor Corrie, Allison Smith, Penner, Sinclaire Lovett, Charley, Funk, Callan Cooper, McKinnon, Van Os, Jamie Lezard, Tayla Babakaiff and Sukvir Toor.