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Stettler FC Dominates at Ponoka Tournament

StettlerLocal.com June 28, 2022 @ 11:15am


Stettler Minor Soccer Association had lots to be proud about this past weekend at the Provincial Qualifying / U11 Challenge Tournament in Ponoka. After the last couple of years being so difficult for minor sports, it was great to be out again and able to cheer for our teams at various games and tournaments this year.

U11 Girls won all four of their games in their round-robin Challenge Tournament. They endured extremely muddy and soggy field conditions but kept smiling and pushing hard. They were especially proud of their win against Bentley, the only team to beat them in the regular season, securing a gold medal in the tournament. Special mention goes to Ava Boxma, who was recognized as the top scorer for this tournament. The girls are back in action Tuesday night against Lacombe at 7 PM at Stettler Sports Park West for their first playoff game.


Stettler U11 win gold!  / Photo credit Jacquie Shoemaker
Stettler U11 win gold! / Photo credit Jacquie Shoemaker

Stettler’s Lainey Stewart and Vanessa Rock watch as Ava Boxma splashes her way across the field / Photo credit Hayley Leschert.
Stettler’s Lainey Stewart and Vanessa Rock watch as Ava Boxma splashes her way across the field / Photo credit Hayley Leschert.

U11 Boys (Plaetner) dominated their first three round-robin games but sadly fell to Bentley in their final game, winning silver at the tournament. They have had a great season! Stettler U11 (Plaetner) faces off against Stettler U11 (MacDonell) on Tuesday night at the Stettler Sports Park West at 7 PM in the first round of playoffs.


U11 Boys win silver! / Submitted by Stephanie Plaetner
U11 Boys win silver! / Submitted by Stephanie Plaetner

U13 Girls “finished 2nd in CASA standings and went 3-0 in Ponoka, allowing zero goals. They won their final game 1-0 against an undefeated Ponoka.” Submitted by Coach Wade Stewart


Stettler’s Jordan Klaus trying to get the ball / Photo credit Allyson Prehn
Stettler’s Jordan Klaus trying to get the ball / Photo credit Allyson Prehn

U13s splashing through the water in their game against Camrose // Photo credit Allyson Prehn
U13s splashing through the water in their game against Camrose // Photo credit Allyson Prehn

“U15 Girls have been a team of grit and determination from the beginning of the season. These girls are playing in a combined U15/U17 league and have stepped up to the challenge! They are a very small team, often playing short-handed, and their coaches have proved what building and maintaining a dedicated team looks like. We are looking forward to the provincial challenge.” Submitted by Danneilia Bradford.


Stettler U15 Girls  / Photo credit to Mariia Zinets
Stettler U15 Girls / Photo credit to Mariia Zinets

U15 girls won bronze at the Camrose Night Classic Tournament earlier this season / Submitted by Danneilia Bradford
U15 girls won bronze at the Camrose Night Classic Tournament earlier this season / Submitted by Danneilia Bradford

“U17 Girls went into the provincial qualifier weekend having suffered their first season loss this past Wednesday night. They had a strong rebound performance playing Camrose in game one, coming out on top 4-0. Camrose was the only team to defeat them this season, so it was a bit of a payback game, and Stettler controlled the vast majority of the play for 80 minutes. Game two was against Rocky Mountain House, who had beaten Camrose earlier in the day. The girls were able to keep Rocky’s two strikers off the score sheet and came out with another shutout victory, winning the game 3-0. The team is very excited about getting back to the provincial championship, as that was a goal they had set at the beginning of the season.” Submitted by Coach Brad Robbins.


Stettler U17 Girls  / Submitted by Brad Robbins
Stettler U17 Girls / Submitted by Brad Robbins

“U17 Boys had already secured a trip to provincials; however, they were able to use the weekend to sharpen their skills against the Lacombe team. They have high expectations of themselves heading into provincials!” Submitted by Jenece Baker.


Stettler U17 Boys / Submitted by Jenece Baker
Stettler U17 Boys / Submitted by Jenece Baker

Stettler U17 Boys with a goal by Stefan Oprea / Submitted by Jenece Baker
Stettler U17 Boys with a goal by Stefan Oprea / Submitted by Jenece Baker

U11 boys (MacDonell) did not compete in the Challenge Tournament; however, they have had a strong season (even if they have had to compete against their friends, U11 Boys (Plaetner)!) They finished third in league play this season, and they play against the other U11 Stettler team again this week, with the winners from that game going to the gold medal game.


U11 Boys (MacDonell) - Silver Medalists at the Camrose Night Classic earlier in the season / Photo credit Dave Morris
U11 Boys (MacDonell) - Silver Medalists at the Camrose Night Classic earlier in the season / Photo credit Dave Morris

U11 Boys - both teams (MacDonell in yellow and Plaetner in blue) at the Spirit Cup / Photo credit Dave Morris
U11 Boys - both teams (MacDonell in yellow and Plaetner in blue) at the Spirit Cup / Photo credit Dave Morris

U15 Boys, unfortunately, did not qualify for provincials at the tournament. However, they placed third overall in league play and will play for the bronze medal this week, opponent and location to be determined.


U15 Boys / Photo credit Lauren Saruga
U15 Boys / Photo credit Lauren Saruga

Good luck to all of our teams competing in playoffs and our U17 boys, U17 girls, U15 girls and U13 girls, who will all be representing Stettler at Provincials this year! What a season it has been!


Provincials will be held in Camrose, July 8-10. For more information and schedules, check out the CASA website, https://www.central-alta-soccer.ca/


Submitted by Stettler Minor Soccer


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