Match a Good Warmup for Playoffs
a warmup for this weekend's David Fryatt Challenge Cup in Kelowna,
Stars took on the visiting U-19 womens team from Chinese Taipei,
who are here for the FIFA U-19 World Cup. The game was played
at St Michael's University in front of a crowd of approximately
200 people, who were treated to a spirited game of soccer.
opened the scoring in th 28th minute on a penalty kick. The foul
occurred in the top corner of the 18 yard box when a Chinese player
keeping possession of the ball with her back to the goal went
down and Stars sweeper Teresa Nieman attempted to step over her
to get at the ball. Taipei player #6 stepped to the spot and got
Stars keeper Hannah Shoichet going the wrong way as she finished
strongly into the top left side.
had their chances in the first half, the best of which saw a header
from Tanya Berg go off the crossbar. Kelly Nicholson had a hard
pointblank shot at goal, but the Taipei keeper was there to deflect
it away. The Stars came out with renewed vigor in the second half,
but saw good scoring chances either go wide or sail over the net.
the 70th minute, Taipei picked up a turnover in the middle of
the field and a quick counterattack saw #6 get open in the top
center of the 18 yard box and walk in unmolested on Stars keeper
Alison Dube ,who got a hand on the ball but was unable to keep
it out of the net.
Score Chinese Taipei 2 Victoria Stars 0.
Manager-George Stewart: "This was a very good experience
for our women.We hope to get in another game or two next week
against Great Britain or Australia. I won't say that the Chinese
Taipei team has been playing possum up to now, but I think a combination
of jetlag, culture shock and general acclimatisation might be
responsible for their early poor showing against Canada. I don't
think they will win the U-19 tournament, but anybody who thinks
they are a soft touch is in for a surprise. They showed good skills,
conditioning and physical play in this evening's match. On our
behalf we probably deserved a goal or two, but we had trouble
finishing. It was nice to have a bit of a crowd and coverage from
a couple of TV stations. We put a good product on the field and
would like more people to be aware of it. "