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Road to provincials just got a whole lot tougher for LVR

Trace Cooke (white) and the Bombers have their work cut out for them to win another Kootenay Zone title.

By Bruce Fuhr,
The Nelson Daily Sports


The L.V. Rogers Bombers now realize booking tickets to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer tournament will not be as easy as in past years.

Mount Baker took advantage of a short-staffed Bomber squad to squeak out a 1-0 victory in at the Wild High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Saturday in the East Kootenay City.

“We watched Baker play and knew we need some pace to stretch their wing/backs,” said Bomber coach Keith Williams.

“Opportunities we had in the last few minutes proved worthless with errant shots,” Williams added. “A very excited and proud Baker team celebrated a well-deserved 1-nil victory.”

The Bombers were missing Sean Hickson, Luis Loeschnik, Bruno Moro and Conrad Lanaway for the entire tournament.

LVR opened the five-team, round robin tournament by stomping Selkirk Storm of Kimberley. Mitch Melanson had four goals to lead the Bombers.

The Bombers then dumped Prince Charles Comets of Creston by the same 6-0 score in a very chippy contest. Luke Mori and Melanson each scored twice with Cormac Southam and Simon Sheppard adding singles. LVR’s Russell Ray was ejected from the contest.

A tired and weary Bomber squad concluded the tournament by sneaking past Fernie Falcons 2-0. Mori and a converted defender to striker Kevin Lewis scored for LVR.

“We were tired and sore after playing three games with one to three subs, so we took it easy (against Fernie),” Williams explained. “It was a nice way to conclude the tournament .  . . playing good patient defending (against) a weaker side.”

The silver medal concludes the tournament season for LVR. The squad finished 12th at the Best of the Best High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Chilliwack before capturing top spot the weekend previous in Summerland.

LVR now prepares for the Kootenay Zone Final set for Wednesday, November 3 in Cranbrook.  Game time is 1 p.m. MDT.

The winner advances to the Provincial AAA Tournament November 25-27 at the Burnaby Lake Sport Complex.
 
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