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Soccer Snipers snag a bronze at B Cup

South Burnaby and Burnaby Girls also placed in B Cup play in Penticton

An opening day loss to Prospect Lake cost Cliff Avenue United Snipers a shot at provincial gold.

The under-13 Sniper girls lost 3-1 to eventual silver medallist Prospect Lake in the provincial opener, but had a clean slate the rest of the way, earning a bronze medal following a 4-0 victory over the Terrace Kermodes in Nelson on Sunday.

“The Snipers were very focused and determined to put up a solid effort in the final game versus Terrace,” said Cliff Avenue coach Peter Battistin.

Cliff scored four first-half goals against Terrace in the consolation final, including a pair by Sophia Lavigna, while great goalkeeping by Isabella Pauletto, who cleared a potential goal-scoring opportunity in the first half, earned the shutout for the Snipers.

Cliff Avenue also defeated host Nelson, who need a tie against the Snipers to advance to the bronze medal game, by a 3-2 score. Jamie Richards scored a pair of goals in the win.

Sammy Gee, Mika Kurahashi, Clara Scaglione and Julianna Pathyll were Cliff’s top players.

Mikaela Vianni, Marie Marcotte and Ruby Beach also scored goals for Cliff at the provincials.

In other B Cup play, South Burnaby Metro Club Strikers placed sixth following a 2-0 loss to the Kootenay East Rovers in a u-16 boys’ placement game in Penticton last Sunday.

Burnaby Girls Intensity finished in seventh place in u-16 girls’ final placing after a 3-0 victory over the Williams Lake Storm.