The Peacock Tornadoes stepped up class and they feel they took a step forward as a team.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Peacock's Jayme Hoffman, middle, tries to split Weyburn defenders Tyra Sandiford and Shelby Van De Woestyne, right, as teammate Sulia Moses joins the attack.
Competing as a 3A school for the first time in soccer, the Tornadoes failed to advance to provincials following a 6-2 loss to the Weyburn Eagles Saturday morning at the SHSAA 3A girls regional soccer playoff.
“I thought we had a great end to our season coming in strong against Weyburn. We got the first goal and the kids came ready to play. I’m proud of them,” said Peacock coach Sandi Hutchinson whose team beat Estevan 5-0 Friday to advance to play for a spot at provincials.
“Moving up to 3A it’s a psychological battle you have to get through right off the bat. You’re going against all of the big schools, but they did well,” said Hutchinson. “We’re happy with where we placed in regionals.”
The Tornadoes were also fighting through some injuries towards the end of the season.
“We missed Miranda Staples for the last part of the season and that was tough. Makayla McRoberts came in and has maybe a bone chip in her foot, but she’s been a trooper. She wanted to play,” said Hutchinson.
Peacock didn’t have any Grade 12s on their roster and that has Hutchinson feeling optimistic going forward.
“I think we’re going to be strong next year,” she said. “We still have a lot to work on. This year we had a lot of girls who were good athletes, but hadn’t been part of the soccer world. Trying to get them to understand the game was our battle, but next year I think we’ll be leaps and bounds ahead.”
In the other regional playoff game, the Swift Current Ardens cruised to a 9-0 win over Balgonie Greenall. Swift Current beat Estevan 6-1 in the regional final. Both teams will advance to provincials in Regina next weekend.
Eagles 6 Tornadoes 2
Jayme Hoffman opened the scoring for the Tornadoes who got the strong start they were looking for.
Fallon Gaab scored twice to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead and then Tyra Sandiford expanded the Eagles lead before half time. Lauren Garven scored three times in the second half for the Eagles.
Abby Moffat scored a nice free kick goal late for the Tornadoes.
Ardens 9 Griffins 0
The Ardens were led by a pair of Grade 9s as Brooke Vallee scored three goals and added two assists, while Payton Schwan also had a hat trick.
Christina Chase, Andrea Erlandson and Santana Gowan also scored.