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KSS girls claim prestigious UVic Vikes soccer tournament title

<who>Photo Credit/Cover Design: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>

Coming off a tournament victory in Victoria and extending their unbeaten streak in Okanagan Valley league play this week, the Kelowna Owls are aiming to continue the winning ways at their own senior girls invitational soccer tournament on the weekend.

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<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Owls' Logan Finley scored in all four games in Victoria.The Owls, after capturing a University of Victoria Spring Classic title on the weekend with four straight wins, will play host to five other teams on Friday and Saturday at Kelowna Secondary School.

A 2-0 triumph over Oak Bay of Victoria in the final game earned the Owls the UVic tournament trophy. Logan Finley (penalty kick) and Ashley Kimler scored for KSS while Faith Tazelaar earned her third shutout of the weekend in the KSS net.

The Owls nailed down a berth in the final by upsetting the highly touted Harry Ainlay Titans of Edmonton 2-0 in semifinal play. Finley, who scored in each of the four weekend games, tallied in the semi along with Fiona Reha.

KSS opened the annual event with a 1-0 victory over the Spectrum Thunder of Victoria, with Finley providing the lone goal and Tazelaar posting the whitewash. The Owls followed up with a 2-1 shootout win over the Stelly’s Stingers of Saanich in which Tazelaar stopped two penalty kicks and Kimler notched the lone goal in regulation time.

Okanagan Valley AAA league play this week saw the Owls defeat the Rutland Voodoos 3-0 at Rutland Sportsfields and play the Mt. Boucherie Bears to a 2-2 draw in West Kelowna.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Kate Armitage, left, of the Rutland Voodoos makes a save on deflection by the Kelowna Owls' Fiona Reha off a corner kick during their Okanagan Valley senior AAA soccer league match this week. To the right is Rutland's Courtney Blacklaws while Rene Watson of the Owls is in the background.Holly McGarvey, Madison Brown and Reha tallied for the Owls against Rutland while Erica Lambert and Finley scored for KSS in the tie with the Bears. Saje Good opened the scoring for Boucherie, who later came back from a 2-1 deficit to earn the deadlock on a penalty kick by Lexington Kinnear.

The other league match this week saw Rutland down the Penticton Lakers 2-0 on goals by Katrina Schrod and Josie Stutters. Goalkeepers Megan Sekella and Madi Robertson shared the shutout.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Valleria Vezzani, centre, of the Rutland Voodoos gains a step on a loose ball with Taisa Chuaniuk of the KSS Owls in hot pursuit. In the background is the Voodoos' Carly Lowen.KSS leads the league with 13 points on four wins and a tie while the Voodoos hold down second place with a 3-1-1 record. Boucherie is in third at 1-1-3.

Regular season play will be completed on May 10 while the semifinals go May 15. The Valley’s representative at the B.C. School Sports AAA provincial championship will be decided in the championship game scheduled for May 17 at the home of the highest seed.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>The Rutland Voodoos' Josie Stutters (foreground) gets tangled up with Natalie Hope of the Kelowna Owls in the second half of their Okanagan Valley league game on Monday at Rutland Sportsfields.The BCSS championship is scheduled for May 30-June 2 at the Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex.

Meanwhile, the KSS Invitational this weekend begins on Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the Mt. Boucherie Bears taking on the Okanagan Mission Huskies.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Although without several players due to scheduling conflicts, the Kelowna Owls won four straight games to claim the University of Victoria Vikes Classic tournament title on the weekend. Members of the team, coached by Arnar Bernhardsson, are, front: Faith Tazelaar. Middle,from left: Kasey Parchell, Payton Hinks, Holly McGarvey, Rene Watson, Keira Baldwin, Alley Corrado and Teagan Milligan. Back: Madison Brown, Ashley Kimler, Logan Finley, Chelsea Cristofoli, Fiona Reha, Rachel Davis and Hailey Wright.

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Friday’s schedule:

Game 2 - 10:30 a.m. — Kelowna Owls vs Lake City (Williams Lake)

Game 3 - Noon — Rutland Voodoos vs OKM Huskies

Game 4 - 1:30 p.m. — Guildford Park (Surrey) vs Lake City

Game 5 - 3:00 pm — Boucherie vs Rutland

Game 6 - 4:30 pm — Kelowna vs Guildford Park

Saturday’s schedule:

Game 7 - 8 a.m. — 3rd in A Division vs 2nd in B Division

Game 8 - 9:20 a.m. — 3rd in B Division vs 2nd in A Division

Game 9 - 10:40 a.m. — 1st in A Division vs Winner Game 7

Game 10 - Noon — 1st in B Division vs Winner Game 8

Game 11 - 1:20 p.m. — Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8

Game 12 - 2:40 p.m. — Loser Game 9 vs Loser Game 10

Game 13 - 4 p.m. — Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 10

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