The Prince George Secondary School Polars and the Kelly Road Roadrunners battled it out over the weekend to see who will represent Prince George at the AAA high school soccer provincials November 22 to 24.
It wasn’t even close. The Polars won both games 6-0 on Friday and 11-1 on Saturday.
The Roadrunners played hard on Saturday even though they went into it knowing that they probably couldn’t pull a win out of the tournament.
“Well, obviously this is not the game we wanted to play but PGSS saved their best for last and they were the deserving team. Thoroughly outplayed us,” says Kelly Roadhead coach Chris Stoutz. “We beat ourselves the other part as well. They deserve to go to provincials and I wish them all the best.”
Fighting for a berth in the provincials when there are only two teams fighting didn’t make the win or the loss exciting or fulfilling for either team.
There are only two teams in Prince George competing in AAA, making for very little competition. Very little competition makes it hard to develop as a player and frustrates the coaches.
“In a way it’s ridiculous. We have two teams in Prince George Kelly Road and us that are triple A and one of us can go to provincials. We are clearly the better team. If we would have to compete in AA with DP Todd and College Heights it would be way more difficult to win the zones and go to provincials. This was kind of an easy way to make it down there,” says Polars head coach Hans Ruch.
Down at the Roadrunners goalpost the players could be heard joking about getting the silver. They clearly thought the same about the situation as the coaches, but managed to laugh and come together as a team and looked forward to the pizza party the coach would be throwing for them after the game.
“Its kind of a drag for the guys. Not that they’re always trying to win; it’s just nice to play some other teams and get some more competition,” says Stoutz.
“At least we got two games in. They’re a really good bunch. We knew it was going to be tough but we’re not going to hang our heads. We’re going to go out tonight and have a good time at our annual pizza party. Gotta unwind, have a good time, they deserve it.”
So while the Roadrunners are eating their pizza, the Polars will be thinking about the fact that they are going to provincials.
With the soccer season pretty much over here in Prince George and the provincials a month away, Ruch will have his hands full trying to keep the guys active and motivated. The competition will be tough and the season in the Lower Mainland continues.
“It is clearly a disadvantage for us not having competition and games and then a whole month before provincials,” says Ruch.
“In all honesty I don’t think we’ll win many games at the provincials. It’s for sure a great experience for the boys to go down there as an underdog, a weaker team. You can always learn from the other teams so it’s for sure a good experience for them that they can make it down there and learn from there.”