For the first time ever, Bulkley Valley Christian School will be sending a team to the senior boys soccer provincials, after a zone win two weekends ago. Coach Chris Steenhof said the Royals team includes boys from grade eight to 12 due to low numbers, but that didn’t stop them from kicking their way to a win in Hazelton.
“This is only the second team we’ve ever had, and the first zone banner we’ve won,” said Steenhof.
At the zones, the boys beat Hazelton Secondary 2-0 and G.M. Dawson 5-0 for the chance to travel to Kamloops this coming weekend.
“We have good leadership on the team. At the zones, the players that needed to step up did,” he said.
Although the team had a solid roster of 18 players, Steenhof said he doesn’t expect the school’s low numbers to allow a continued push for soccer.
“It’s about the experience more than anything, it’s not about growing a program,” he said.
Many of the team members also play volleyball, so the Royals haven’t had much time to practice; however, that isn’t going to keep them from giving everything on the pitch this weekend.
“We’re expecting to represent our school well, and to have fun playing soccer,” said Steenhof.