Mount Baker field hosting high school soccer matches

Five teams representing schools around the region will play some informal matches at the Mount Baker field this weekend.

It won’t be a formal tournament, but high school soccer will be in session this Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Secondary School field.

The senior girls team, fresh off a successful opening tournament in Kelowna that saw them battle their way into the final, will host five other teams from around the region in a chance for everyone to get some more game time experience.

Last weekend’s tournament in Kelowna was a impressive start for the team, even though they lost in the final. However, everyone is working on improving as a team and looking forward to the next challenge, according to Deanna Barnes, a Grade 12 student on the team.

“We were communicating really well on the field and were supporting each other,” said Barnes. “There was definitely some rough things that we can work on but for the most part, we played really well.”

And those rough things the team wants to improve?

“Moving off the ball to help your teammates out more, make the passes easier,” Barnes continued. “We’ve been working a lot on ball control and making hard passes and moving a lot off the ball.”

Teams from Creston, Kimberley, Fernie and Invermere will make the trip to Cranbrook for the exhibition action this weekend, but the Baker squad is eyeing up one particular match, said Barnes.

“Selkirk [Kimberley]—we always try to beat them,” smiled Barnes.

The girls have three games on Friday at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. and finish everything off on Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. match at the Mount Baker field.