THSA U19 Girls win Provincial Bronze

2018 THSA U19 Girls Provincials Bronze Medalists

The first weekend of July saw two of our teams attending Provincial championships in different parts of the Province. Our U13 boys were in Carstairs and our U19 girls were in St. Paul. Both team did extremely well and played their best.

Game 1 - Three Hills U13 boys started their provincial experience playing a very intense game between two very evenly matched teams. Ardrossan scored first and was dominant in the first half. Three Hills had the endurance however and with long runs by the forwards and stellar defence, they were able to keep up. Both teams exchanged goals throughout the game and either team had the chance to take it. Good goaltending by Josiah Ewert, two goals by both Peter Hildebrandt and Andrew Stewart in addition to a beautiful goal scored by Ethan Koch, were not quite enough to knock off Ardrossan. Final score Ardrossan 6, Three Hills 5.

Game 2 - Saturday morning saw Three Hills line up against the Pigeon Lake Tigers and from the beginning it was clear this was not going to be the same kind of game as the night before. Three Hills took the lead and never looked back. Though Pigeon Lake did score two goals, they were overwhelmed by the constant chances created by Three Hills. This was in part brought about by the great play of the supporting cast of forwards, Eli Brown, Yerik Dominguez and Chase Haller all put the ball past the exhausted Pigeon Lake goaltender once, while Peter Hildebrandt scored two and Andrew Stewart filled the net with four. Final score Pigeon Lake 2, Three Hills 9.

Game 3 - Playing two games in one day, especially on a hot day like it was on Saturday of Provincials, is very challenging. The Three Hills U13 boys faced this challenge head on knowing that a win would mean a higher seeding for Sunday’s playoff game. The team they were facing was Lac La Biche (the eventual Silver medalists) who had dominated the other two teams in their pool. Stepping up to face the challenge of such a high scoring team, Three Hills was led by a fearless Ephraim Nott in goal, who put his body on the line in making saves at several times throughout the game. Eventually, one of those saves involved a collision on the goal line, with several players falling and stepping on top of Ephraim, who had to leave the game due to injury. The goalie responsibilities shifted to Josiah Ewert and he too, valiantly fought to defend his goal. In the end, Lac La Biche won the game by a score of 8-2, with Three Hill’s goals both coming from Yerik Dominguez, including a thunderous shot that went bar down.

Game 4 - After the round robin in the previous two days, Three Hills played their Sunday game against Sherwood Park to determine the 5th and 6th place teams. After both teams exchanged goals fairly early in the match, Sherwood Park eventually pulled away from Three Hills and won by a score of 7-2. Three Hills goals were scored on great individual efforts by Peter Hildebrandt.

It is always a privilege to compete at a Provincial tournament and for many of our U13 boys, this experience was a first. They played so hard and fought well against all teams they faced. They also played with class, respect and fairness. So much so, that they were the winners of the 2018 ASAA Tier IV U13 Boys Provincial Fair Play Award.

Our U19 girls season ended on a high note at provincials. We had ups and downs, but all the ladies dug deep, fought hard, and brought home a bronze medal.

Our first game was Saturday morning against Edson. We took a long time to finally convert one of our many chances, but once we did the goals came easy. We were simply too much for the other team and won an easy game 5-1. Goals came from Jackie Brown, Molly Brown, Esther Ewert and Mariah Hildebrandt.

Our second game was against Vegreville, the eventual silver medalists. They were well organized, physical, and fast. We won the first half 1-0 with a beautiful shot from Mariah Hildebrandt, but having played earlier in the day and having a short bench, Vegreville’s rested players rose to the occasion and we couldn’t hold on. Although the 4-1 scoreline seems lopsided, the game was anything but.

Sunday morning saw us play Bonnyville for the bronze. For the first 70 minutes of the game we hardly got a look at net. We went down a goal at around the 25 minute mark and the scoreline stood until 20 minutes left to play. A water break was called late in the second half which allowed us to discuss some tactical issues and remind everyone to trust the fundamentals of our system. The ladies took it to heart, and the last 20 minutes were a flurry of dominance and taking the game back. 4 goals from Esther Ewert saw us steal the game and the bronze with a final scoreline of 4-1.

Again, this season could not have been accomplished without the expertise and dedication of our two coaches, Stan Guedes and Gareth Crowie. We are extremely thankful for all the work they have put into this team.

We are also very proud of our girls. The team was playing in a league of girls born in 1999-2000 and almost half of our team was born in 2002-3. It will be amazing to see how much more they can improve in the years to come. Congratulations to Mariah Hildebrandt, Julia Hildebrandt, Jackie Brown, Nicole Stewart, Hazel Rufino, Jasmine Gramlich, Chloe Atmore, Ellie Koch, Kayli Koch, Esther Ewert, Shea Cunningham, Brie Leuf, Laura Scott, Molly Brown, Betty-Lou Brown and Annika Notter.

Three Hills Soccer Association is proud of how well all the teams have done this year and are looking forward to an even better season next year!