Storm can’t hold on for win

Katie Brickman
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For the first time this season, the Moose Jaw Storm U14 girls had a lead in a game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold on and dropped a 4-2 decision to the QCT United.

The Storm played well in the first half, moving the ball and were able to capitalize in the 13th minute to take the lead in Saskatchewan Premier Soccer League action on Wednesday evening.

“It was a pretty well played game,” said coach Jason Jones. “I thought we did well in the first half with moving the ball, creating some scoring opportunities and being dangerous.”

Allison Billy scored the opening goal for the Storm, but the United were able to tie it up before half time.

“It was nice to see the girls score first and get some confidence,” said Jones.

Kara Enns dished the ball to Jayme Hoffman to score the Storm’s second goal, but the United tied it up shortly and then scored their third and fourth goals within the last 10 minutes of the game.

“I thought we played well for 60 minutes and in the last 20 minutes, we didn’t control the play nearly as much as we would have liked to,” he said.

These two teams met in Regina on Sunday and despite a 2-0 loss, Jones feels the team is improving every game.

“They have made tremendous strides throughout the season,” he said. “The girls are making better decisions with the ball. From where they started at the beginning of the season to where they are now…they are making a lot better choices.”

From the start of the season when the girls didn’t know where to start, to now the coaches being able to focus on specific areas shows a lot of improvements being made from the team as a group.

“We aren’t focusing on the wins,” he said. “The scores are more competitive now…that’s just going to show they have improved a lot, even though the result stand point may not look that way.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: QCT United, Saskatchewan Premier Soccer League, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Regina

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