Springbank U15 boys bring home silver from provincials

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The Springbank Soccer Club’s (SSC) U15 boys’ team concluded its 2018 outdoor season by bringing home the silver medal from the Tier 3 provincial championships, held in Lethbridge Aug. 10 to 12.

The players battled 40 C heat on the first day, poor air quality the next day and high winds on the final day to finish the tournament in second place.

Team manager Mike Hogan said the boys were initially disappointed with the result.

“Nobody ever likes losing the gold-medal game, and many of these boys were on the team last year, that played in the [U14 Tier 3] provincial competition in Edmonton and also came home with the silver medal,” he said.

“But once they realized what they actually had accomplished, they warmed up to it.”

Springbank qualified for provincials after posting a 7-1-0 record in regular-season play in Calgary’s Tier 3 Group A. Despite finishing second, the team boasted the best defensive record in the division by conceding only eight goals in eight games, while scoring 37.

SSC’s only loss in the regular season was against the MSB Impact, which won Group A.

Springbank got its revenge against the Impact in the first game of provincials, when it overcame its divisional rival 2-1 in the hot weather.

SSC continued its positive play the next day, battling not only against its opponent from St. Albert, but also a high air quality index. Springbank won the fixture 3-0.

On Aug. 12, Springbank faced its first close call in the semi-final – the team narrowly bested the Sherwood Park Saints 3-2. According to Hogan, Springbank won the game with a last-second penalty kick.

“[It was] literally the last play of the game,” he said.

Heading into the final with high hopes Aug. 12, Springbank came up short against St. Paul Lakeland in a windy game that ended 4-0.

With the 2018 outdoor season concluded, the Springbank Soccer Club will now shift its focus towards the 2018-19 indoor season. Hogan said he is still not sure how many of the U15 players will continue indoors, considering some play hockey in the winter and a few others will move up to the U17 age group.

“Springbank is such a small club, it really depends on the players who sign up for the indoor season,” Hogan said. “The goal is to play in Tier 3, Tier 2.”

SSC’s technical director will hold open house sessions regarding the indoor season Aug. 28 and Sept. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Springbank Park for All Seasons boardroom.

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