KYSA Slurpee Cup dominates local pitches

The Daily News's Weekly Minor Soccer Roundup


The Kamloops Blaze won the KYSA Slurpee Cup on the weekend.

The Blaze got off to a slow start, tying Prince George 0-0, with Tatjana Stone in goal.

Stone was the goalkeeper for the Blaze the entire tournament, and shut out Vernon 3-0 in Kamloops' second Saturday game. Moraya Harrison, with two, and Nikki Manwaring scored the goals.

Harrison had another two-goal effort Sunday as Kamloops beat Kelowna Super Y, 2-1.

In its last game, the Blaze beat Kelowna 2-1 to secure first place. Reiko Ohama and Harrison scored the goals.

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The Kamloops Blaze Blue, with Ricky Payne as its head coach, was undefeated at the KYSA Slurpee Cup and finished third in its 12-team division.

The Blue opened with a 2-2 draw against Calgary CMCA Memorial United. Slater Gordon scored twice for Kamloops and picked up the MVP award.

Kamloops came back to beat the Whistler Avalanche 2-0, with Owen Cotito scoring two goals, one of them on a penalty kick, and Chris Buchanan posting the shutout. Brett Olstad was game MVP.

The Blaze had another draw in its third game, 0-0 with Vernon Silver Star, which went on to win the title. Buchanan again had the shutout and defender Scott Lemphers was game MVP.

Kamloops came back to beat the Vancouver-Killarney Gladiators 5-2 in the bronze-medal match. Game MVP Dimitri Louvros opened the scoring, with Gordon making it 3-0 with a pair later on.

After Killarney came back with two goals, Cotito and Olstad scored late to ice the victory.

Defenders Scott Poelzer, Cameron French, Kyle Robertson and Lemphers, along with Buchanan, helped the Blaze allow only four goals against, while the forwards and midfielders - Jarod Smith, Olstad, Lee McKinnon, Jared Jones, Gordon, Cotito and Louvros - worked to score a division-high nine goals.


The Blaze White bounced back from a pair of losses to finish 2-2 at the KYSA Slurpee Cup.

Kamloops opened with a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Titans. Karn Mahal had the Blaze goal, Parker Matheson was MVP and Jake Blower started his first of four games in the Kamloops goal.

Jacob Henderson scored twice and earned the MVP honour as the Blaze lost 3-2 to North Vancouver in its second game.

Kamloops turned it around, beating Kelowna United 2-1 in its third game. Blower was game MVP, with Mahal and Alec Ewings scoring.

Henderson was named MVP and Matheson and Chris Dakers scored in Kamloops' 2-1 victory over Calgary CMCA.

Dylan Forbes, Dakers, Royden Cooke and Tyler Makar were solid defensively for the Blaze.


The Blaze Orange went 1-2-1 at the KYSA Slurpee Cup.

Kamloops opened with a 2-1 victory over Calgary. Kaden Cook and Bennett Hunter scored in support of winning goalkeeper Anthony Cave.

Cave was in goal for the Blaze's second game, a 2-0 loss to North Vancouver.

An own goal was all the Blaze could manage against Prince George, which beat Kamloops 2-1. Cave was in the Blaze goal.

Kamloops came back to forge a 2-2 draw with Vancouver's European Football School. Hunter scored twice in support of goalkeeper Brett Steptoe.

Brayden Flodstrom, Geoffrey Hanks and Evan Monroe earned game MVP awards.

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The Blaze went through the KYSA Slurpee Cup undefeated and was named a co-champion along with Terrace.

Kamloops beat Mission 6-0, before recording 3-2 victories over Terrace and Prince George.

In the final, the Blaze and Terrace tied 1-1.

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The Blaze White played up a level at the KYSA Slurpee Cup and it didn't seem to mind.

Kamloops, playing with three more players than normal and only one sub, won the U13 third division. The Blaze normally plays with eight players on each side, but played 11 a side on the weekend.

Kamloops opened with a 10-1 victory over 100 Mile House. Shae Fuoco scored six times, Emily Mann tallied twice and Paris Shreeves and Julia Mercuri singled.

It got a little tougher in the second game, but Kamloops beat the Abbotsford Thunder 1-0. Adrianna Bissonnette scored the goal and Mann, Kristen Sullivan and Moira Outerbridge shared the goalkeeping.

Fuoco scored twice as Kamloops beat Quesnel 3-0. Bissonnette also scored in the victory, and Mann, Outerbridge and Sullivan were the 'keepers.

The Blaze faced Abbotsford in the final, gutting out a 4-3 victory. Fuoco again scored twice, with Bissonnette and Outerbridge singling.


The Blaze Orange was undefeated and won its division at the KYSA Slurpee Cup.

Kamloops spread around the scoring in a 10-1 victory over Shuswap. Ashley Daykin and Hannah Reutlinger were the only players to score twice, with Nevada Woods, Sophie Collins, Dayna Laurilla, Laura Shouldice, Anna Morish and Kate Bibeau singling. Kayla Pehl was the winning goalkeeper, and Collins also had two assists.

Reutlinger had two more goals as Kamloops beat Williams Lake 4-0. Collins and Kendal Asuchak had the other goals and Alyson Taylor posted the shutout.

The Blaze went on to edge Vernon 2-1, with Reutlinger and Shouldice scoring in support of Pehl.

The Blaze went up against Vernon in the final, winning 2-0 behind Pehl's goalkeeping. Daykin and Gillian Penner scored the goals.


The Blaze Blue went undefeated at the KYSA Slurpee Cup and won its division.

Kamloops opened with a 1-1 tie with Nanaimo. MVP Katie Merritt scored the Kamloops goal and Tamberley Harper was the Blaze goalkeeper.

Second-half goals from Merritt, MVP Ashley Evin, Linnea Pasternak and Katie Smoluk lifted the Blaze to a 4-0 victory over Williams Lake. April Read set up two goals with corner kicks and Elijah Meixner had the shutout.
The Blaze came out and beat Vernon 2-0, with Meixner posting the shutout again. Jorja Orsetti and Pasternak, the MVP, scored the goals.

Kamloops came from behind to beat the Prince George Kodiaks 3-2. Orsetti, with two, and Merritt scored the goals. Harper, the MVP, started in goal, then came out to play defence while Meixner went into the goal.

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