It was an excited group of girls celebrating in Chris Hansen's home and yard early Sunday evening.
"They are ecstatic," said Hansen, whose U14 Kamloops Blaze had just won the provincial A Cup soccer title at McArthur Island.
The U14 girls were one of three Kamloops teams to reach finals. The Blaze lost 3-1 to the Port Moody AC Selects in the U14 boys final, while, in the U18 girls final, Kamloops dropped a 2-1 decision to the Richmond Red Hot Selects.
The U15 Blaze boys, meanwhile, won bronze, beating Upper Island 4-0 on Sunday.
"It was a very good weekend," offered Tom McManus, the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association's technical director. "We showed that we can compete with the Lower Mainland and we're getting closer and closer all the time.
"The first day every team was a bag of nerves and we just didn't play well at all. But they came back really well and really did Kamloops proud."
The U14 girls earned gold with a 2-0 victory over the Central City Brakers Elite.
Central City had gone through the four-team round-robin draw with a 3-0 record, including a tournament-opening 1-0 victory over the Blaze. Kamloops finished 1-1-1 in the round-robin, including a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Island-champion Saanich Fusion on Saturday, on goals from Lexi Cooke and Amy Wiebe.
Kamloops and Richmond both finished the round-robin with four points, but the Blaze got into the final on goal differential, their plus-1 beating out Richmond's minus-1.
"We started out slow," offered Hansen, who coaches the team with David Lloyd. "We got a little bit strronger as the tournament went on. We still didn't play really what we expected but they brought it today with their effort and their heart."
The Blaze and Brakers were scoreless with about 10 minutes left in regulation time when the locals struck for two goals, from Hannah Marra and Emerson Hansen, Chris's daughter.
Goalkeeper Brenna Worsfold earned the shutout.
"Brenna was in goal all tournament," Chris Hansen said. "She played awesome all weekend . . . steady, solid as a rock."
McManus felt the Kamloops girls were deserving victors.
"It was a good game in the first half, end to end, but even at that I would say we had the percentage of play," McManus said. "In the second half, we really took it to them nicely."
Hansen was quick to compliment the Brakers.
"They were a really good team," he said. "I just thought we showed more desire and more heart."
Hansen added that those are the two main characteristics of his team.
"The girls give 100 per cent effort all the time," he said.
The U14 Blaze is actually the result of the merging of two teams from last season, one that was coached by Hansen and the other by Lloyd.
"We took two teams and combined them this year . . . made them into one team," Hansen said. "The girls have come together really well."
Playing up a year in TOYSL, McManus said the girls struggled at times as they got used to the physical play and stronger opposition.
"They came together over the last year," McManus said. "They are a fantastic team. . . . I'm very, very proud of the job they did. They're a super bunch of girls."
Prior to the A Cup, the girls won their division in the Slurpee Cup, then won the Surrey Mayor's Cup. They tuned up for the A Cup by going to the Baker Blast in Bellingham earlier in the month and, again playing up a year, finished fourth in the Premier Division.
"It was a really good year," Hansen said. "It was a really good group of girls, and a really good group of parents, too. The parents were 100 per cent behind them. They made it easy, for sure."