The Cowichan Hornets finished fifth as hosts of a U12 girls soccer invitational tournament last Sunday. (Submitted by Darian Achurch)

Cowichan Hornets host U12 girls soccer tournament

Hornets place fifth, Cowichan Wrecking Balls finish fourth

The Cowichan Hornets played host to their CVSA rivals, the Wrecking Balls, and four other Lower Island teams for a U12 girls soccer tournament at the Sherman Road turf on Sunday, April 3.

Hoping to finish in the top three, the Hornets finished fifth, one spot behind the Wrecking Balls.

“We played three games with shutout goaltending and defence,” noted Darian Achurch, who coached the Hornets this season along with Thor Jehn. “We had one penalty shot squeak in during a shootout and that was it. I have never seen a result like that.”

The Wrecking Balls, coached by Larry Mattin and Eric Nelson, were beaten by Bays United in a shootout in the third place game.

Gorge emerged as tournament champions, taking a win and a tie in the round robin to place second in their pool, then winning three straight games, capped off with a 4-0 victory over Juan de Fuca in the final.

All the visiting teams remarked how well the event was run and agreed the rain and wind was the only sore spot on the day. The Hornets would like to thank Cowichan Valley Soccer for helping host the event, Thorsten’s Authentic Food for providing concession food during the tournament, and all the referees and parents who helped make the event a success.

“This is definitely something we would like to do every year,” remarked Jehn. “All the teams had fun and got lots of soccer in.”

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The Cowichan Wrecking Balls finished fourth at the U12 girls invitational tournament hosted by the Cowichan Hornets last Sunday. (Submitted by Darian Achurch)