By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports Editor
The Nelson Selects completed the season much like the team started — by winning the tournament’s top prize.
Goals by Nigel Ziegler, Oscar Seagram and Quinn Dawson powered the Select to a 3-0 victory over the host side in the U12 Boy’s Division of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.
Parker Shaw-Lintz played flawless in goal to secure the shutout.
“It was a fitting finale to a great season,” said coach Paul Dawson, whose team won the opening tournament of the season back in May in Trail.
“The boys got stronger every game and I thought we used the possession game that we worked on all year to great effect in challenging conditions.”
Playing in slick, wet conditions, Ziegler opened the scoring for the Selects.
Minutes prior to the halftime whistle and Nelson awarded a free kick near the penalty area, Ziegler took a quick kick, passing the ball to a wide-open Seagram. Ziegler’s teammate quickly buried the ball in the back of the net.
Team captain Quinn Dawson converted the only goal of the second half to complete the scoring.
“I thought Kieran Marchand and Jaydon Wouters, in particular, played their best soccer of the season in Revelstoke,” said Dawson.
Nelson opened the Little Bear tourney outlasting Williams Lake 5-3.
Ziegler led the Selects with a pair of goals with Marco Falcone adding a single.
Brother Andrew Falcone was stellar between the pipes to keep the northern opponent off the score sheet.
Nelson advanced to the final by blasting Castlegar 7-0. Seagram led the Nelson attack with three goals. Game captain Taylor Pritchard scored one of the other goals on a great individual effort.
“Overall I was pleased by the development of their players over the season, both in their skill and maturity levels.” Dawson explained.
“(Co-coach) Dino Falcone and I pushed them a little and entered the team in tournaments in Cranbrook, Kelowna and Portland at a higher age bracket.
“Despite not winning against the older teams, the boys responded well and learned from these experiences.”
U12 Selects strike gold in Revelstoke
By Bruce Fuhr