Bombers impressive at Oliver Fall Festival Fieldhockey Tourney
The L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the shutout goalkeeping of Tara Yowek to four straight wins at the Oliver Fall Festival Girl’s High School Fieldhockey Tournament this past weekend in Oliver.
The Bombers registered wins over South Kamloops (1-0), Clayton Heights of Surrey (4-0), Agassiz (4-0) and host South Okanagan of Oliver (1-0).
“(Players) were intimidated at first to have to play against Grade 12’s, but by the end of the weekend they felt at ease and were playing very valuable minutes,” said coach Val Gibson, adding the Bombers have no seniors on the roster this season.
Fact is the Bombers took, and played, 17 players in Grades nine, ten and 11.
There was no overall results recorded during the tournament as teams did not play every other school.
LVR opened the Festival edging South Kam 1-0 on a goal by Allie Zondervan.
The Bombers then defeated a very good South Okanagan squad on a late goal by Chiara Chirico, on a one timer in the last minute from mid fielder Allie Zondervan.
LVR then turned up the offence to dump Clayton Heights 4-0.
Laura Walgren, Sarah Wade, Chirico and Zondervan scored for the Bombers.
Walgren, Chirico and Jena Wheeldon each added assists.
The Bombers completed the tourney with a 4-0 shellacking of Agassiz.
Walgren, Chirico, Zondervan and Emma Borhi scored for the winners.
Yowek was in goal for all games.
However, the veteran keeper had some relief in goal when defender Anna Goeppner took a turn between the pipes.
The coaching staff was pleased with the performances of Naomi Perkins, defender Emma Gregorich and rookies Mckenna Bennett, Noa Butterfield, Marley Reynold and Taylor Zimmer.
“Our team goal is to improve upon our 10th place Provincial Placing from last year,” said Gibson.
I think we have the athletes to do it.”