The Vanier Spirits lived up to their name Saturday, but didn’t have much left in the tank by the end Soccerfest.
Vanier Molly Cox wins a header against Taylor Smith from Prince Albert St. Mary during the second place pool final. Matthew Gourlie photograph.
The Spirits lost the second place pool final 2-0 to Prince Albert St. Mary after an impressive weekend in the high school girls pre-season soccer tournament. The Spirits battled injuries during the event and ran out of steam as they tried a second-half comeback against a quality St. Mary team.
“I think we surprised them,” said Vanier coach Rick Spanjer of their game against St. Mary. “They were pretty aggressive. It’s not what we’re used to in our league.”
The Spirits beat Notre Dame 2-1 earlier Saturday to advance to their pool final. In that game they lost goalkeeper Kirsten Rheindel after she took a knee to the face. Rheindel needed nine stitches to close a gash over her right eye, but was on the sidelines later to cheer on her team.
“She’s going to be out for the foreseeable future,” said Spanjer. “Alex Kowalski really did a nice job in net. She was in net a couple of years ago when she started Grade 9. She never wanted to go back in, but she did a really nice job.”
They were pretty aggressive. It’s not what we’re used to in our league. Vanier Spirits' coach RIck Spanjer