This past weekend was a good one for the Moose Jaw Soccer Association.
They hosted their annual Tearing Up the Turf Youth Soccer Tournament at Yara Centre over the course of the weekend and three local teams walked away with medals, including two golds.
The Storm won in both the Under-15 Boys and Under-17 Boys divisions, while they took home silver in the Under-17 Girls division,.
“Going into the weekend, some of the coaches were excited to see how their training sessions were going to pan out on the pitch, this is what they’ve all been working towards,” said Jordan Jeffery, MJSA’s acting operations and technical manager.
“It was definitely very successful for us and it’s very happy times for our players and coaches alike, especially in a big year where provincials in those age groups will be held in Moose Jaw.”
The Storm’s U15 boys squad cruised to the gold medal on the weekend, beating Regina’s FCR Indigo, 4-0, on Sunday. The team went 2-1 in the round robin, but couldn’t be stopped in the playoff round.
Moose Jaw scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of the gold medal game and then held off some pressure from Regina in the second half to preserve the shutout.
“The team that we played in the final played a far different style of soccer than any of the other teams that we’ve played in previous indoor seasons, so it was a good challenge for our boys in terms of adjusting their own games to make sure that they countered the opposition at the right moments,” said Jeffery, who is also an assistant coach with the Storm U15 boys squad.
The team is made up mostly of 13-year-olds and Jeffery added that they’ve put in a lot of work to have the success that they had over the weekend.
“Those kids definitely view themselves as a bunch of fighters and learners,” he said. “This year they’ve all showed up to pretty much every practice and it showed out on the pitch this weekend.”
The Storm under-17 boys team rolled to a 7-1 win over Swift Current United in the gold medal game. They went 2-0 in the round robin and received a bye into the final.
The girls under-17 team dropped a 2-1 game to Swift Current United in a back-and-forth final game. Moose Jaw took a 1-0 lead, but SC United was able to score right before halftime to tie the game and then moved in front during the second half.
Moose Jaw Soccer is now looking ahead to next weekend when they will host between 20-30 teams from around the province for a U11 and U13 tournament.