The battle was uphill all weekend for the Moose Jaw Storm.
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Kurtis Munro, left, from the Moose Jaw Under-16 Storm holds off the challenge of Caleb Paterson from the Lloydminster Gmack Drillers Sunday afternoon at the Canada Games field in Moose Jaw. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
The under-14 boys team had their provincial dreams dashed on Tuesday morning after losing 4-0 to the Eastside Blitz from Saskatoon in the semifinal.
“I wish it would have ended better, but it just wasn’t our morning. We came out a little bit flat and the other team was ready to go,” said Carmine DeGirolamo, co-coach of the team. “I don’t think the score really indicated what the game was like. It was a lot closer than that. We had our chances, but just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The Storm went 2-0-2 in the round robin at the Youth Sport for Life Soccer Championship, which was held in Moose Jaw over the weekend.
That record put them in a tie with Swift Current in the standings prior to the semifinal.
DeGirolamo expected this team to make it far in the tournament, especially after showing some fight during their round robin games.
“I thought we would go deep into the tournament. I was expecting to make it to this game,” he said. “Our boys played well and had one come-back win from one goal and a come-back tie after being down by three goals. They played hard.”
The elements were the story of the weekend, as teams battled through high winds, torrential downpours and then sun on Tuesday.
“The wind, the rain, the long grass … it is what it is. All the teams played in it together too, so it is not an excuse by any means,” he said. “It would have been nice to win at provincials, but with the weather, it was a bit challenging.”
The Storm was hoping to cap off the season with a provincial win, but their season is still not over and they have a chance to take the Regina Soccer Association title.
The team is currently undefeated with a 9-0-1 record and have their sights set on not just winning the league title, but also the Regina Cup tournament.
“We hope to finish off the season with a few big wins,” said DeGirolamo. “It has been a really good season for us and we’ve had good games.”
The regular season ends on July 8 and the tournament wraps up on July 14.