BSSF Six-a-Side Girls Football Tournament – Good Day for the Lady Knights!
The annual BSSF Inter School Girls Six-a-Side Tournaments were 6 November 2018 for all levels at Shelly Bay Field. The Saltus Lady Knights had a tremendous day as all three teams made it to the finals with the Senior Girls being crowned champions and the middle and primary girls finishing as runners up in their respective tournaments.
The primary girls’ took part in the 7 a side finals at Shelly Bay Field on Tuesday, November 6th. In their first game they were beaten by Harrington Sound Primary 1-0. They then came back to beat Victor Scott (2-0) and West End Primary (3-0). These results placed them 2nd in our pool. They then defeated Purvis Primary who were top of their pool (2-0). This placed them in the final to face Harrington Sound again. The first half was scoreless but Harrington Sound was able to score about half way through the second half and the game finished at 1-0. Goal scorers today were Tse Burgess, Emily Henshilwood, Avani Patton, Evie Hook and Brooke Castree. Asha Dunleavy was outstanding in defense. The girls should ALL be happy with the way they played and their good sportsmanship was evident to all.
The middle girls took part in the six-a-side tournament at Shelly Bay field. 8 teams were split into two pools. In our first game the girls drew Dellwood 1 – 1. Ramiah Brangman scored within the first 60 seconds of the 2nd half kickoff, after running down the left, cutting into the middle and shooting low and hard to the back post. Dellwood tied the game in the 3rd minute of the 2nd half.
In their 2nd game, the girls defeated Somerfield 3-0 with Ramiah scoring 37 seconds after the start of the game. In the 2nd half, Ramaiah scored again in the 2nd minute and Brittany Pacheco scored in the 4th minute. The girls had to draw or win the third and final game of the round robin. Whitney handed the ball in the box and Lauren Cardwell converted the penalty in the 4th minute of the first half. We held on to win the game 1-0.
We won our pool with two wins and a draw, which put us in the semifinal against WA. It was a hard fought game and both teams missed their chances in the first half. 30 seconds into the 2nd half, Brittany scored her 2nd goal of the tournament, from a low hard cross from Ramiah. In the final, We met Whitney again and this time the tables were turned, with us losing 1-0, and finishing runners up. Although the girls were disappointed, they played hard and deserve to be commended for their efforts and sportsmanship throughout.
The Senior girls division had 5 teams competing in a round robin format with the team finishing on top of the table being crowned champions. Saltus took to the field in the first game of the round robin tournament against Warwick Academy. Saltus started slowly as they acclimatized to the playing surface and fast paced play. Koa Goodchild gave Saltus the lead halfway through the second half with a long range effort that eluded the keeper. Saltus created several chances but couldn’t add to the score and recorded a 1 – 0 win. In the second match Saltus took on BHS and it was evident that the girls played with more urgency and fluency as they came away with a 4 – 0 victory with goals coming from Lindsey Pacheco, McKenna O’Donnell and Zemira Webb (2). In the third match Saltus played Cedarbridge Academy and again played some very attractive football as they amassed a 3 – 0 win with two goals coming off the boot of Danni Watson and a single strike from Marli Butterfield. Their final match against a strong Berkeley Institute squad would decide who would finish at the top of the table. The teams battled back and forth with Saltus having the better scoring chances. However, the score was deadlocked at 0-0 at the half. With four minutes remaining in the match Xe’Azjah Paynter was introduced as a late substitute to add to the attacking options. It only took two minutes for her to make her presence felt as she calmly sided footed the ball past the advancing keeper to give Saltus a 1-0 lead. Saltus possessed the ball over the final two minutes to win the match and tournament. The defense (Danni Watson, Koa Goodchild and stand in keepers Zemira Webb and Jade Johnston) were superb during the tournament as they didn’t give up a single goal during the entire tournament. Emily Cabral had a strong showing in the midfield as she ran tirelessly throughout the tournament.