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Soccer selects head to Kamloops

The summertime forecast is typical for Kamloops. 33C on Saturday, 33C on Sunday and 31C on Monday -- and those projections are shade temperatures.

The summertime forecast is typical for Kamloops.

33C on Saturday, 33C on Sunday and 31C on Monday -- and those projections are shade temperatures.

But come rain, shine, or smoke (depending on the forest fire situation) the task remains the same for a group of Prince George women heading south for the Kamloops Invitational soccer tournament. They're going there to win.

Prince George will compete in the top division against teams from the B.C. Colleges Athletic Association. They start Saturday morning with a game against the Kamloops Selects. They'll also take on Thompson Rivers University Saturday afternoon, Medicine Hat College on Sunday morning, and then wrap up their round-robin schedule Sunday afternoon against the Vancouver Metro Selects. The two teams with the best records meet in Monday's final.

Red Deer College and Grande Prairie College are also in the tournament.

"This tournament is kind of a prep for a lot of the collegiate teams getting their season ready to go," said Prince George coach Frank Rossi. "TRU always has a good team."

Rossi's team, sponsored by the Grewal Group, Westwood Sports Pub and Maple International, is a selection of players from Prince George Women's Soccer Association Division 1 teams.

The roster includes Jodi Godwin, Danielle Lavallee, Camila Lemoine, Holly Miller, Corey Rossi, Jessica Manning, Roxy Solmonson, Megan Christenson, Sydney Wilson, Julie Martin, Carrissa Rossi, Sarah Gomez, Ashley Warner, Tanya Grob, Karmen Fu, Jessie McDougall, and Emily Kwitkoski.

"It's essentially the UNBC team with pickups from Treasure Cove Casino," said Frank Rossi, who is sharing the coaching duties with Mato Mikic.

The Rossi twins -- Corey and Carissa -- are scholarship players on the University of Central Arkansas team. Corey is heading into her junior year, while Carissa, who was hurt last year and red-shirted the season, is about to begin her sophomore year playing for the Bears in the NCAA Southland Conference.