It came down to the wire, but in the end the senior girls’ soccer team at Whistler Secondary School (WSS) prevailed, taking home the zone championship.
In a nail-biting finish to the season, Whistler narrowly beat Pemberton Secondary School in a shootout to end the final game of the season last Wednesday (May 18).
Both teams are now heading to B.C. high school provincials next month, with Whistler getting a higher seed.
“We’ve played them in the past, just exhibition games, and it’s always been really close and had to go to a shootout, so I guess we were nervous at the beginning, just knowing that has been the outcome the previous times,” said Grade 12 student Gabby Smith, of last week’s game hosted by Whistler at the Myrtle Philip fields.
Pemberton scored within the first 15 minutes as Whistler struggled to find its rhythm, but the team soon regained composure.
Smith, who plays centre forward, scored to tie up the game just before the end of the first half.
“It was positive going in to the second half knowing that we were still in the game,” she said.
Whistler had a lot of scoring chances in the second half, but wasn’t able to put another point in the scoreboard in regulation time. With the game tied 1-1, the teams readied for penalty shots.
Whistler scored four of five goals in the shootout with Smith, Rena Nakijima, Hannah Peatfield and Stefanie Tomcheck all scoring.
The final score was 2-1 for Whistler.
Smith gave a special mention to goalie Caleigh Lamont who she described as “phenomenal.”
“We were so excited when we won,” added Smith.
As the top two teams in their zone, Whistler and Pemberton will both move on the provincials, which will take place June 2 - 4 in Prince George.
WSS track and field athletes heading to provincials
After a strong showing at the NSSSA Zone track and field championships, Whistler Secondary will be well represented at provincials next month.
Fifteen athletes have qualified for the BC Championship in Nanaimo.
There were several first place finishes at the zone championships last Tuesday (May 17) at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.
Kelsey Thompson placed first in senior high jump and triple jump. Luke Unruh had a personal best throw for a first place in junior javelin.
The junior girls 4 x 100 m “A” relay team — Hannah Peatfield, JJ Deane, Caleigh Lamont and Jacqueline Perolli — also placed first.
Lamont was also third in junior sprint hurdles and Perolli second in the junior 100 m.
Jack Forsyth was third in both junior triple jump and long jump and third in the 4 x 100 m relay along with teammates Brett Hennessey, Evan Allman and Max Hirschhofer. Allman also placed third in high jump with a personal best jump.
Kobe Burton was third in senior discus with a personal best as well as third in shot put and Michael Murdoch competed in his first steeplechase, placing third. Tazara Lopes was third in senior high jump and Arnica Wight was third in junior 100 m.
The WSS track and field team placed 8th out of 19 teams with Kelsey Thompson and Brett Hennessey earning personal performance rankings.