The Fort St. John U12 Northern Strikers girls’ team seems to like winning in Edmonton.
Last weekend the Strikers travelled to Alberta’s capital to compete in Tier III division of the 2012 Slurpee Cup Tournament, June 1-3 to start the summer season. To continue on with the team’s successful year, the girls worked hard to bring home the bronze medal.
“The girls played fantastic,” said Kathy McPherson, manager of the U12 Strikers. “Our first game was against the Grande Prairie Wolves, who we beat 5-3.”
From there the Strikers played the Calgary McKenzie United Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon and won the high-scoring game 7-5.
On Sunday morning, the Strikers couldn’t hold onto their back-to-back wins as they faced the Edmonton West Raiders.
“We suffered a frustrating loss,” McPherson said. “Our girls were the better team. This was the team who went on to win the tournament.”
Losing that game meant that the West Raiders moved on to play for the gold medal (and won it) while the Strikers would fight to finish third.
After facing their only loss of the tournament, the Strikers went on to play for the bronze medal against the St. Albert Impact on Sunday afternoon.
Fort St. John beat the Impact 3-1 to earn third place in the tournament out of 28 teams from across Alberta.
The U12 Strikers also won bronze in Edmonton for the winter season provincials Mar. 16-18.
Next up for the U12 Strikers is a tournament in Chetwynd this weekend, followed by another provincial championship July 6-8 in Leduc, Alberta, just south of Edmonton.