A soccer league finale for the ages

Kinsmen and Mister Tire leave everything out on the field in East Kootenay Soccer League final that was decided by penalty kicks.

The Kinsmen squad of the East Kootenay Soccer League celebrate their playoff championship win over Mister Tire on Friday evening at the Mount Baker soccer field.

The Kinsmen squad of the East Kootenay Soccer League celebrate their playoff championship win over Mister Tire on Friday evening at the Mount Baker soccer field.

It was a finale for the ages on Friday evening between Kinsmen and Mister Tire of the East Kootenay Soccer League.

With heroics on both sides of the pitch at Mount Baker Secondary School, the league final was decided in penalty kicks when Rob Barrett  made it five goals in a row for Kinsmen, sinking his shot behind Mister Tire keeper Travis Young to win it 4-3.

Mister Tire scored four times in the shootout, giving Kinsmen the edge when their fourth shot pinged off the crossbar.

The penalty kicks wrapped up a wild game that saw the Kinsmen squad erase a two-goal deficit to tie it back up in the second half. Mister Tire pulled ahead before Kinsmen knotted it back up late in the game to force extra time.

Kinsmen pulled ahead in the 20-minute extra time, but Mister Tire answered back to force the shootout.

Ross Hartell potted a hat trick for Mister Tire, while Jake Walmsley scored twice, and posting a goal in the shootout for the Kinsmen squad.

Mister Tire got on the board early, with Hartell’s first of the game, poking a shot by Kinsmen keeper Gary Elliot inside the 18-yard box.

They doubled the lead later in the half, when Mike Hamm deflected a ball from Chris Rushworth, who put it on net after taking a free kick deep in Kinsmen’s zone from the right side of the field.

Mister Tire was using the long ball to try and break through Kinsmen’s defence, while the redshirts kept Young busy in net, who made some key early saves on Walmsley and Joey Brons.

However, the former managed to get his first of the game before the end of the half to cut down the deficit, when he received a pass deep in Mister Tire’s zone and put a shot past Young.

Moving into the second half, Kinsmen missed out on a glorious chance to tie it back up as some nifty work to get to the 18-yard box pulled Young out of position, however, the shot drifted wide of the net.

Though Kinsmen put a lot of pressure on Mister Tire, Elliot was still occupied in net for the redshirts. He made a diving save on a free kick 30 yards out from Hamm and also made two sharp saves on Rushworth, who broke in from the left side of the field and picked up his own rebound after putting a shot on net.

Kinsmen later tied up the game when Patrick Webb blasted a well-placed shot into the corner from the midfield.

With momentum on their side, the redshirts looked to pull ahead for the first time, but it was Mister Tire who regained the lead, when Hartell picked up a through ball and beat Elliot inside the 18-yard box.

As the minutes ticked down to the end of the game, Chris Franklin tied it back up again, picking up a loose ball that broke through Mister Tire’s defence on a free kick and putting it on goal.

The two teams headed into extra time and Kinsmen got their first lead of the game a few minutes in, when Walmsley picked up the ball from a goal kick and beat Young for his second of the game.

Elliot was busy on his end of the pitch, robbing Rushworth again, who broke in from the left side of the field, along with making a diving save on a solid strike from Hamm.

But the game seesawed back to an even score when Hartell got his head on a corner kick, deflecting it on goal in the second half of extra time.

Mister Tire scored four times in penalty kicks, with the fifth shot ricocheting off the crossbar. Kinsmen scored on all five shots to notch the win and capture the championship.

League Awards

Defensive Specialist

AJ Wheaton (Mister Tire)

Most Improved

Curtis Martin (Kinsmen)

Regular Season champions

Mister Tire

Playoff champions

Kinsmen

MVP

Gary Elliot (Kinsmen)

Golden Boot for Top Scorer

Corey Moore, 12 goals (Mister Tire)

Colin Hardwick Memorial Trophy

for sportsmanship

Matt Sopkow (Players Bench)

 

 

Just Posted

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel is experiencing an issue with one of its thrusters off the Algerian coast. Photo courtesy patbaywebcam.com.
BC Ferries newest vessel having mechanical issues in Mediterranean

Island 4 will be repaired in Spain before crossing Atlantic

Wild rabbits are all over Chilliwack, but people often think they’re someone’s lost pet and try to ‘save’ them. But the owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room says good intentions can have bad consequences for wild animals. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room asks people to leave wild animals in the wild

Amber Quiring says people who think they’re helping are actually doing more harm than good

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
Provincial leaders want more federal money for health care, plan to meet in fall

Premiers ask Ottawa to increase its share of overall health spending to 35 per cent from 22 per cent

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)
Brian Mulroney and Greta Thunberg among 100 celebrities pushing to save B.C. old growth

List includes Indigenous leaders, scientists, authors, Oscar winners

Most Read