Alberni high school soccer a ball

Alberni's ADSS junior boys soccer squad is aiming for a berth in the North Island Championships.

ADSS Armada junior boys soccer player Aaron Han starts a drill at the high school field last Wednesday. The Armada play at home on Tuesday Oct. 18 against Campbell River's Phoenix Highschool.

The soccer season at Alberni District Secondary School is at the mid-point and the junior boys squad is aiming for a berth in the North Island Championships.

More than 20 players have been practising twice a week since the third week of September.

The team competes in the North-North Island league with eight other teams from Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River,  and Powell River.

The team has played five games out of seven on the season and are 2-1-2 so far, with defeats coming from Mark Isfeld and Carihi.

“If we played Isfeld again it would be a different game now,” head coach Neil Anderson said. “They’d have to work for their win.”

There are no standouts on the team, but the players play as a team and make the most of what they have, Anderson said about team strengths.

Molding them into a team has been the greatest challenge. “We almost didn’t have enough players at the start of the year,” Anderson said. “They’re clicking together now that we have the bodies.”

Three international students from Korea are on the roster and are a good fit.

“Their skill level is on par with where the other players are at,” Anderson said.

The language barrier with the Korean students was an initial challenge, particularly when explaining drills. The students are observant and mimicked other players during drills. “But their English is getting better now,” Anderson said.

The team last played on Tuesday against Mark Isfeld.

They play again Tuesday, Oct. 18 against Campbell River’s Phoenix Highschool.

The season finishes on Oct. 28.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Alberni drag racers travel to Port McNeill for event on airport runway

More than 20 drag racers from the Alberni Valley travelled to Port… Continue reading

Watch the museum come to life with Our Town in Port Alberni

July 23 event takes place at Gyro Recreation Park

Learn the art of songwriting with musician John Pippus

Writing workshop, performance at Words on Fire highlight a trip to Alberni

Descend to the depths of diving history in Port Alberni

New exhibit opens at Maritime Discovery Centre

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

Comox Valley military museum could be closed for a couple of months

HMCS Alberni site suffered water damage during a recent downpour

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read