NO PAIN, NO GAIN The DTSS senior boys soccer team placed 16th in the province at the 2014 BC High School AA Senior Boys Soccer Provincial Championships in Burnaby in November, following their Kootenay Zone Championship victory earlier in the month. Photo submitted

NO PAIN, NO GAIN The DTSS senior boys soccer team placed 16th in the province at the 2014 BC High School AA Senior Boys Soccer Provincial Championships in Burnaby in November, following their Kootenay Zone Championship victory earlier in the month. Photo submitted

By Caitlin Fuller

DTSS Student Reporter

The AA Soccer Championships took place in Burnaby this year from November 17th to 19th and the David Thompson Secondary School senior boys were against tough competitors. The boys played notably well considering the size of their competitors school.

According to the teams coach, Jurgen Striegel, The team came in 16th place but could have been easily 8th to 13th. They faced some of the best teams in B.C. and did great considering most of these schools have double the number the students of DTSS and our team was by far the youngest.

The first three games of the championship were round-robin and the boys played well, but succumbed to the more experienced teams. The first team they faced was Langley, easily the best team they faced at the competition, and lost 5-1 despite playing hard.

They went on to face Powell River, having many good chances, but not the push to convert them to goals and lost 2-1 after hitting the cross bar and posts many times. Their final round-robin game was against Prince George.

After dominating the first half and creating many chances that again did not lead to any goals for us, the boys came up short again and lost 3-0, said Mr. Striegel.

The boys placed 4th out of four teams in the round-robin games and played Abbotsford to determine whether they would be playing for 13th or 15th. With a lead of 2-0 and 15 minutes on the clock, Abbotsford came back and tied up the game. This led the boys to overtime, where Abbotsford scored the winning goal one minute before the end of the game. Mr. Striegel said the team was disappointed by the loss after so much effort, but nevertheless played Terrace for 15th place. After a good game, they lost 2-0 to Terrace and ended the tournament with 16th place. Despite the losses, Mr. Striegel said it was a great learning experience for our young team.