After a season of injuries, the Peacock Tornadoes will proudly state they finished sixth overall at the 2A girls soccer provincials in Saskatoon over the weekend.
“I thought the team played very well. They played to the best of their ability and they left everything on the field,” said Peacock’s coach Sandi Hutchinson. “They were proud of the games they had.”
The Tornadoes opened their weekend with a 3-0 loss to Regina Miller, but then regrouped for a 5-1 win over Regina Sheldon. Rookie Kara Enns scored a hat trick and Malysha Johnstone and Rayanne Johnstone both scored. They finished with a 2-1 loss to Holy Rosary.
“We were pretty equal with Regina Miller and Regina Sheldon and then we played Holy Rosary and it was pretty equal in all three games…they could have gone either way,” explained Hutchinson. “I think just the fact that we didn’t have enough bench players to come out and play...we had some injuries. In our second game, we only had nine on the field by the end of the game.”
The Tornadoes will be starting anew next season, as five Grade 12 athletes will be graduating and moving on.
“We are losing our five Grade 12s. We are pretty much losing our whole back line, so it is going to a new start next season,” she said.
Overall, it was a great experience for the Tornadoes after an injury bug that saw a lot of players having to log a lot of time during the regular season. The team is proud of their performance at provincials.
“Starting at the beginning of the year (where) we had lots of players and then we had injuries. So we were quite happy to even make it to provincials and to be able to play against those other schools…we have no regrets,” said Hutchinson.
Peacock had their awards presentation on Sunday and the best defensive player was Amy Hughes, most improved was Miranda Staples, most valuable players were Malysha Johnstone and Chanel Veroba, spirit/leadership player was Malysha Johnstone, best offensive player was Paige Lister, rookie of the year was Kara Enns and hustle award went to Amy Williams.