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Columbia Valley rocks Nelson Selects in Kootenay Provincial B Cup Playdowns

Bryce Twible (blue) and the rest of the U18 Boys lost 4-1 Saturday to Columbia Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Columbia Valley scored three second half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Nelson Selects in BC Soccer Provincial B U18 Boy's Playdowns Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.

Tied 1-1 at the half, Columbia Valley took the lead in the 52 minute and never looked back.

"Columbia Valley came out strong in the second and restored their lead in the 52nd minute," said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.

"They kept the pressure up and scored a couple more for the 4-1 win."

The Selects played the contest with 12 players and lost goalkeeper Darian Johnson, in the 87th minute due to a hip injury following a collision.

Nolan Percival tied it in the 29th minute on a blast from distance.

"(We) played a good possession game and had many opportunities to score in the first 45 minutes," Szabo explained.

Columbia Valley defended its Kootenay title and making a second straight trip to provincials.

Nelson lost to Columbia Valley in Invermere last year.

The teams tied 1-1 in the only other meeting at the Terry Walgren Soccer Tournament in May.

Columbia Valley now advances to the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup July 9-12 in Penticton.

Nelson Youth Soccer hosts the Girls Provincial B Cup July 9-12 at Lakeside Pitch for ages U13, U14 and U15.