Strikers remain undefeated on pitch
Soccer: Three players heading to Alberta Summer Games
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 12:58 pm
An Okotoks soccer team has struck up a strong relationship this season and it has paid off with a whack of victories.
The Okotoks Strikers have a 6-0 record in the U-14 Tier III Calgary Minor Soccer Association. They also won the Shoot the Summit Cup in Canmore in late June.
“Out of our 14 players we had nine of our players play indoor (in Calgary) and we won that as well — so we are on a bit of a roll,” said Strikers head coach David Marsh. “We have very much a passing game.
“We definitely get the ball down and pass the ball — which sometimes can be unusual at the U-14 level.”
The Strikers are a team with an assortment of players who have two things in common — a good work ethic and the players are there for one another.
“The biggest thing is the kids on this team,” Marsh said. “It’s their dedication. There were guys who 18 months ago who could barely kick the ball. We give them drills at home, we just won the Canmore Experience and it was great to see — no one standing out.”
The Strikers were a perfect 4-0 in the Canmore tourney.
It’s an inclusive team — a pair of girls fit in well with the Strikers.
“They had to try out — they weren’t just given a spot on the team,” Marsh said. “They have definitely enhanced our game.”
The two lady Strikers are Megan Fiegel and Nicole Fields.
“It’s more challenging than the girls game — it’s faster and you have less time to think when you get the ball,” Fiegel said.
Three of the Okotoks Strikers also made the Zone 2 team for the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie later this month.
They made the team after tryouts in late May.
“We tried hard and it turned out we are good enough players to make the team,” said Ollie Marsh, midfielder. “I think we have lots of good players and we have a good goalie. I think we will do pretty good.”
It was a pleasant surprise to make the squad considering the talented number of players trying out.
“There were about 40 guys there and I was kind of surprised I made the team,” said defender Andrew Tuttle.
Hunter Boriskewich hopes to hit the back of the net a few times.
“I’m hoping I am going to score a lot of goals and maybe set some people up,” said Boriskewich, who is penciled in as a striker on the team. “I’m really excited and proud to be able to represent our zone.”
The other members of the Zone 2 team from the Foothills are Jack Groothius from Okotoks and High River’s Keiron Thurgood.