Moose Jaw's Jace Fraser made the jump to Saskatchewan's Provincial Soccer League this season and it paid off earlier this month.
Fraser helped FC Regina to the Under-15 Boys PSL championship on July 14, beating the Saskatoon Selects 1-0 in a shootout in the final at Mosaic Stadium.
"It felt good being the only Moose Jaw boy on my team," said Fraser on the championship win. "Last year, they barely even won a game, so they were really happy and it felt great."
FCR posted a 6-1-1 record over the course of the season to gain a bye into the final where they battled Saskatoon back-and-forth for 110 minutes before a winner was decided on penalty kicks with FCR pulling out the 5-3 win.
"It was a pretty nerve-racking game," said Fraser. "It was a good shootout, our keeper came up with some big saves."
FCR leading scorer Rohin Kapila scored the winning goal in the shootout to send the team to nationals.
“This year’s team was all 14-15 year olds, so it gave us an advantage going against some younger kids because we were one of the older teams, had more experience," said Fraser.
Fraser is one of just three Moose Jaw players to suit up in the PSL this season and he ended up finishing tied for second on his team in scoring with three goals this season. He made the move to play with the Regina squad after two seasons of playing with the Moose Jaw Soccer Association's U17 Storm.
Fraser said he was able to step in and play well right away with his new team this season.
"I felt like I fit in pretty good, I had played with most of my teammates in other tournaments, so it was nothing new to me, but it was just the fact of having a new coach," said Fraser. "I adjusted pretty quick, it didn't take me too long to get use to having different coaches."
Going up against some different competition this season in the province's top youth soccer league, Fraser said he was able to improve his game immensely over the course of the year.
"I grew better as a player and a person throughout the season, so that's a big takeaway for me," he said.
FCR will be heading off to the 2018 Canada Soccer National Championships to battle for the U15 Cup in Laval, Quebec coming up in early October.
Fraser said he's looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the best in the country at his age group.
"I'm really looking forward to going to Quebec," he said.
"We're training four days a week," added Fraser. "We've got to come in confident, but not over confident."
The national championship runs Oct. 3-8.