Experience gained this year will be a good learning tool for down the road for the Langley Christian Lightning.
“We have a very young team, with lots of Grade 8s, 9s and 10s,” said Gregg Antoniuk, the coach of the Lightning senior girls soccer team.
“So next year, we will be very strong.”
The Langley Christian squad fell 3-0 in the Fraser Valley championship final to the Southridge Storm.
“We played reasonably well in the finals, but just didn’t get any breaks in the game,” Antoniuk said.
Southridge was the top team in league play, finishing with a 5-1 record. Langley Christian was second at 4-2.
And the teams split their head-to-head match-ups. Langley Christian won the first game 2-1 but the Storm took game two 7-3.
Despite the loss, the Lightning qualified for the Single A B.C. high school soccer championships.
The tournament runs May 29 to May 31 at Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy.
“We always have a goal to be in the top eight at provincials,” Antoniuk said. “I like our chances.”