It was a disappointing end to a tournament filled with high hopes for the U-14 Boys Fury soccer club.
Over the weekend, the Alberta Soccer Association’s U-14 Tier 2 Provincial Championships was held in Fort McMurray.
The team was able to capture the silver medal, the team’s first provincial medal, after losing to Foothills 03, 2-1 in the final.
Head Coach of Fort McMurray’s U-14 Boys Fury Jay Mutala tells Mix News the players and coaches believed the gold medal was almost theirs.
“The boys were absolutely deflated, just collapsed on the field. For myself, I’ve been there before – you can only be proud of leaving everything on the field – if you’ve given everything and you know you’ve done your best nobody can talk that away from you.
The team went undefeated in the group stage, outscoring their opponents 12-4 in three games.
Mutala notes the team started off slow in their first game against the Edmonton Warriors, eventually picking their game up all the way to the final.
“I would probably say it (the finals) was the best game that we’ve played as a team, the best game we’ve had all season even though we did lose the game.”
Despite the result, Mutala says the silver medal was a proud moment, a feat they will use to carry momentum into their indoor season.
Alberta Soccer is also changing its Tier ages, from U-12,14, and 16 to U 13,15 and 17, giving the players another year to play together.
“We could have virtually the same team,” added Mutala who notes the team is aiming for gold at next year’s provincials.
Over the next couple of weeks, the players will be resting before school starts up. Training will start up again shortly after with the indoor season starting at the end of September, early October.