Chargers girls' win first RVSA soccer game in three seasons
It had been a three-year drought for the Bert Church Chargers girls’ soccer, as its last victory in Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) league play was during the 2010 season.
That long losing streak became a thing of the past on Sept. 12 at the East Lake Athletic Park in Airdrie, as the Chargers picked up a 5-1 victory over the Chestermere Lakers.
“I am so excited,” Grade 11 student and Chargers defender Kassidy Bayda said after the game. “I actually don’t really know how to feel right now as it is still sinking in a bit, but this is really awesome.”
Brandon Nordoft, who coaches the Bert Church team alongside Shawn Sweetapple and Rohan Bagga, was also excited to see the girls end their long dry spell, especially after the Chargers went winless in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
“It’s really hard when you work hard and try in practice all the time, and then you go out and lose every time,” Nordoft said. “That kind of thing is never good for a team’s morale, so we are really excited as a coaching staff to see them win as they deserved it today.”
The fact that the Chargers were able to win on its home field wasn’t lost on Bayda, who was proud that team was able to nab its elusive first win in three years in Airdrie instead of on the road.
“It means a lot to have our family and our friends here to watch this happen,” she said.
“Our classmates around the school have been pumping us up all the time and saying that we can do it, so it’s nice to finally have that happen.”
Though the Chargers were shutout 6-0 by the defending RVSA champion Cochrane Cobras in its first game of the season on Sept. 10, Bert Church played well in its season opening contest and carried over that same level of play to its game with the Lakers.
“I think for the most part, we are a pretty well-balanced team,” Bayda said.
“We have had a lot of girls come in from the competitive team here in Airdrie, which has helped us, but I think the real key to our improvement comes from how we have played in practice.”
As he watched the game from the sidelines on Sept. 12, Nordoft said he felt the Chargers’ ball control played in a key part helping the team earn its first win of the campaign.
“On offense, we moved the ball around well, and while we could have been a touch better with our passing game, our finishing in front of the net was very good,” he said. “For a team that doesn’t have many scoring chances, it was nice to see us capitalize on them.”
Sam McMillan and Shannon Kirk led the way for the Chargers with two goals each, with Jaryden Hjelsvold scoring the other marker for the home squad.
Shaylaine Sedres had the lone goal for the Lakers in the loss.
As the Chargers prepared to play host to the Springbank Phoenix on Sept. 17 (full details were not available as of press time), Bayda was hoping she and her teammates would be able to build off the momentum from its long awaited win.
However, she also felt it was important the team didn’t get big-headed.
“It really helps us to win a game like this as we know that we can do it now, but we don’t want to have too much confidence,” she said.