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Pinns take tight win

It was a mixed bag of results for Pinnacles FC district teams last weekend
PENTICTON PINNACLES FC U13 forward Christian Martins battles Kamloops opponents Adam Harrison (left) and Stephan Kruger for ball control during recent youth district soccer action in the rain at King’s Park in Penticton. The Pinnacles edged the visitors 3-2.

It was a mixed bag of results for Pinnacles FC district teams last weekend.

The under-13 boys scored three goals, which proved enough to defeat Kamloops, 3-2 after taking a 3-0 lead at King’s Park Sunday.

Pinnacles FC coach Manuel Borba said his team let up a little bit, “which is natural for a young team like that.”

“They get up and they think it’s all done,” said Borba. “Kamloops played much better. They are good competition for us.”

Borba said his player performed well on the pitch, especially the first half.

“We moved the ball around the way we like to.”

Borba was thrilled with the possession his players had as well as a good first touch. That led to creating several chances, but at their age, it’s still about development.

“They are still not very strong with their shots,” he said. “We have to move the ball in quite a bit to score. It’s coming.”

McDonald scores a pair

Rylee McDonald led the offensive charge for the under-13 girls, scoring twice as the team defeated Shuswap 4-1 at Kings Park Sunday. Coach Derrick Webb said his team dominated ball possession, passing and generating offence.

“Although it was only 4-1, we created numerous scoring chances,” said Webb. “Our girls are on the smallest side. Once they get a little bit stronger and can strike a ball a little bit harder, we probably would have filled the net even more.”

Webb said his team’s goal is to move the ball around.

“I tell the girls before every game, ‘I’m not concerned with the scoring line, it’s can we keep possession, can we pass the ball.’ We score a point when we get 10 passes.”

Coutts pockets pair in draws

The under-11 girls earned a 2-2 draw against Kelowna in rainy conditions.   Shae Coutts scored and Jaycee Deering earned her first district marker to rescue a hard fought draw. Julia Devito was strong in goal and the players worked hard to be first to the ball and fight for possession.

Their second game ended in a 3-3 draw against Kamloops as Chloe Alex, Coutts and Erin Reeder scored.

Grant leads U-11 boys to victory

Chris MacDonald and Lucas Byrne scored for the under-11 boys in a 2-2 draw against Kelowna in Vernon. Anders Say and Jaras Grant shared the goalkeeping duties. In the second game, Pinnacles FC earned a 4-1 win with Grant pocketing a pair of goals. MacDonald and Byrne scored one goal each.

Under-12 girls

The under-12 girls earned a 0-0 draw and defeated Vernon 3-1. Pinnacles FC’s other under-12 girls squad earned a 4-0 win against Salmon Arm then lost 6-2 to Kamloops Blue.

U-12 boys earn draws

The under-12 boys earned a pair of draws, 2-2 against Kelowna and 1-1 versus Vernon with Jordan Thorsen steady in net. Louis Perrier was the lone scorer in both games.



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