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The FC Northwest U15 girls team is looking to break new ground at the Canada Soccer U15 Cup next month in Calgary.
Team members were on cloud nine after they won the Manitoba Soccer Association provincial championship on Aug. 26 when they defeated Winnipeg Phoenix 7-0 at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
Coach Laurie McIvor said the team was extremely prepared to play, both physically and emotionally.
"We were in the finals last year, and emotionally we were ready to play (this year). We had a really good three-week build up to the provincials, and we were in really good shape and ready to go," he said.
McIvor said the girls are very offensive-minded and play well to those capabilities.
McIvor said it was evident the girls were ready to win the provincials in the six weeks before the competition. Team co-captain Jordan Cistarelli, 15, said this year her team was a lot quicker and much more aggressive than last year.
"Our forwards and midfielders are really strong but overall I think our whole team is really strong at transitioning and we are really fast."
Forward Hailey Slobodian said their biggest competition at the nationals will come from Quebec. She watched them play at the Canada Summer Games and said their speed and passing game is similar to FC Northwest’s.
However, she is confident her team will pull together and show off their talent on the field.
"Our team has the ability to outrun other players and get around them with our footwork," she explained. "Our advantage is our technical ability to move the ball around and to keep possession. Their players (Quebec) are really fast, and that’s how we play too, fast-paced with a lot of transitions."
FC Northwest girls is in Group D of the 12-team tournament with, along with teams from Newfoundland and Labrador and Northwest Territories. The tournament runs Oct. 5-9.
For complete schedule and results, go to www.canadasoccer.com/schedule-results-s15509
Community journalist — The Times
Ligia Braidotti was the community journalist for The Times until 2019.