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Peacock's Sulia Moses tries to fend off the challenge of Central's Jillian Fraser in the C Pool final Saturday at Soccerfest.
Soccerfest drew teams from across the province, but when the tournament wrapped up Saturday there were a lot of familiar foes battling.
The 16-team high school girls soccer tournament saw an all-Prince Albert final as St. Mary beat Carlton 3-0.
Central ended up finishing with the best local record as they won the C Pool final 5-0 over Peacock. That was good for a ninth place finish.
Vanier won the D Pool consolation final as they beat league rivals Estevan 9-2.
“The weekend in total was fabulous. The weather was perfect, the teams were happy, we didn’t have any issues. It was a good two days of soccer,” said Peacock coach Sandi Hutchinson who was one of the organizers of the long-running tournament.
For a young team like Peacock playing five games in two days was a good chance to teach their players.
“We have a lot of rookies and a lot of girls new to soccer. They’re still learning how to read the field,” added Hutchinson. “Having that many games and having the different competition really helps them to understand better.”
Peacock beat Yorkton Regional 3-2 in overtime in their C Pool semifinal. Jayme Hoffman’s second goal of the game was the winner while Makayla McRoberts also scored.
Central scored in the opening couple of minutes in the C pool final as they cruised to the shutout win.
Taylor Kell, Magbeni Keita, Jessy-Lee Saas, Mary Buachi Kaba and Leayne Young-Geiger all scored for the Cyclones.
After losing 3-0 to Lloydminster earlier in the day, Vanier finished off their tournament with a big win over Estevan. Kirah Brown scored three goals, while Mackenzie Murdock and Gabrielle Sanson each scored twice. Jenna Coates and Alexis Jones scored the other goals for the Spirits.
Swift Current finished third at the tournament as they beat Yorkton Sacred Heart in the third place game.
This year’s tournament was held at the Canada Games fields as well as Smith Field which is a change from past years.
“It was nice and we were glad that Yara (Centre) let us use their washroom facilities. It was nice of them to do that,” said Hutchinson. “The fields were in good condition and people enjoyed being at the (Yara Centre) facility.”
Central and Peacock will meet in league action Tuesday.