Members of the Princess Margaret Mustangs, Melanie Kruger (6) Christine Maurer (centre) and Annika Wright (right) in action at South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver at the South Zone finals. (Submitted photo)

Penticton field hockey team in Valley finals

Princess Margaret Mustangs girls field hockey team looking for berth in provincials

The Princess Margaret Mustangs are hoping to punch a ticket to their first ever B.C. senior girls field hockey championships next month.

The Mustangs finished in second place at the South Zone Finals in Oliver Monday and will now play in the Valley championships Saturday in Kelowna.

The top three teams from that event will then go on to the provincials in Victoria Nov. 6 to 9.

Maggie went undefeated until the final game of the South Zones, losing a 3-0 decision to the host South Okanagan Secondary School squad in the championship match.

READ MORE:South Okanagan zone championships Oct.21

The Mustangs opened the event with a 2-0 blanking of Summerland Secondary behind the shutout goaltending of Eden Pearce.

Christine Maurer and Melody Kruger scored the goals with forwards Linn Beck, Riley Rees and Annika Wright keeping pressure on their opponents.

Jeanine Florence, Maddy Roth and Ashley Mair all had strong games on defence in the win.

Both goals came in the second half.

In the final against Oliver, both teams had good scoring chances but it was the eventual winners that capitalized on their opportunities.

READ MORE: Mustangs take the field in Oliver

A bright spot for Maggie was the goaltending of Danika Stukel who played the position for the first time.

Summerland finished in third place and Keremeos fourth.

Maggie coach Brenda Kelly offered her thanks to South Okanagan Secondary School for hosting the event and to that team’s coach, Lesley Magnus, a former national team member for her work with girls in the South Okanagan.

” She has given up her time to coach all 4 teams in the Adidas Sportsplex so that the players can experience what it is like to play on turf and for all her efforts in promoting field hockey to the teams in our zone,” said Kelly.


 

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