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Stacee Greensides, keeper for the Peacock Tornadoes slides out to try and grab the ball away from Magbeni Keita of Central during their quarter-final high school girls soccer match on Tuesday afternoon at Smith Fields. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Experience propels Central over Peacock
For the third time in the last month, the Central Cyclones defeated the Peacock Tornadoes.
However, this time, a lot was on the line — a spot in the girls soccer semifinal against Weyburn.
After a close first half, it was the Cyclones that came out on top with a 5-1 victory that ended the Tornadoes regular season.
“I think it meant a lot of us and for Peacock because they played a very strong game as well, but I think in the end, it just was what team really pushed through in the end,” said Jessy Lee Saas from Central. “I think what helped us win was just us playing as a team. We are really good with our communication.”
This Tornadoes team is fairly young in age and is also an inexperienced group, with many of the athletes picking up the sport or is playing high school soccer for the first time.
“There was a couple bad goal kicks that went right back at them. Those didn’t help us, but overall, I think the girls played very well,” stated Sandi Hutchinson, coach for Peacock. “They got stronger through the season. From where they started to where they are now, they are playing better as a team and they are seeing the field better. They are trying to make the plays, but they just don’t have the experience or the ability to finish it off.”
Mah Du, Magbeni Keita, Taylor Kell, Erin Winterton and Emily Karn scored for Central.
The difference between these two teams came down to experience. Many players on Central have played at this level or higher prior to this season.
Central’s defence was strong, especially in the second half, which sparked the offence, helping them to score four goals.
“It is a team sport, so if your defence is strong, the offence will be strong and vice versa,” said Saas.
Since these two teams have seen each other so much recently, they were able to plan for their best players. For the Cyclones, it was paying attention to Jayme Hoffman, who was the lone Peacock scorer.
“We always have a man on her. It is man-to-man defence with her,” explained Saas. “She is fast and she is talented. We always have to keep an eye on her.”
The Tornadoes do have the benefit of bringing up some young talent like Hoffman, Makayla McRoberts, Paige Dell and Abbi Moffatt through their system for a couple more years.
“If everyone comes back next year, it will be good for Peacock,” said Hutchinson.
On Tuesday, the Weyburn Eagles hosted Estevan in another semifinal and they won 14-0. With the Cyclones victory over Peacock, they will face the Eagles on Thursday (4 p.m., Smith Fields) for a spot in the league final.
“We just have to keep up. They are very talented team, but I think we are equally as talented and just keep up with the positioning and we will have a chance,” said Saas.
The Tornadoes will now turn their focus to the 3A regional tournament they are hosting next weekend. Swift Current, Weyburn, Balgonie Greenall, Yorkton Regional and Estevan will compete in the tournament as well.
“We want to continue to improve and it will be a good end to our season,” said Hutchinson.
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