By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Lilly Pierce, a 12 year old at Cedar School, had a hat trick in leading a BVI U15 Girls Football team to a 5-0 victory over St. Thomas’ Laraza Football Club on Saturday at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
The Boys team fell to their male counterparts 6-2, in the matches that are part of the BVI Football Association’s 40th Anniversary activities. This Sunday at 5 p.m. a women’s match between the USVI and BVI is scheduled.
Pierce said she was surprised. “I didn’t know that we are going to win by that much,” she said.
Laresha “Lala” Martin and Kayla Bolus also scored.
BVI Coach Cassandra “Cass” Gregg said she has seen improvement for the team of 11-14 year olds and she was impressed with the back line. “They played a really well. I met them playing flat and they said their coach thought them to play that way and we used the same 4-4-2 formation,” she noted. “They really impressed me today.”
Laraza’s Coach Joseph Limeburner said the girls team is a new aspect of development for their club as there has been a decline in young girls playing Soccer in St. Thomas. It was just their second match and he was impressed with his goalie’s improvement and the team’s
improvement between the first and second halves despite the 5-0 score.
Captain Ali Bartsch said she felt they did well as a group playing in their first game, because it has been difficult getting girls on St. Thomas to come out and play.
“It means a lot that we had enough to play a real game,” said the VI Montessori 10th grader. “We started practicing at the beginning of the summer to try and go to the Cayman Islands for an U15 tournament but we didn’t get enough girls out over the summer to be able to compete in the tournament. Recently we had been advocating to have more girls come out and finally we had enough to make a team. It’s great to finally be playing in a game instead of just practicing.”
In the Boys match, Captain Grant Farrell scored twice with other goals coming from Kegan Barnes, Ludavich Ultimez, Carson Kendal and Camden Newton in their 6-2 triumph. Giovani Grant and Lucha Chalwell scored BVI goals.
BVI Coach Thomas Albert said the goalie was their problem area as he wasn’t judging the ball correctly. “We gave up three goals in 10 minutes and that broke down the team a little bit,” he noted. “I had to rebuild their confidence for the second half and we got two goals then. If we had played like that in the first half we could have done better and won the game.”
Limeburner said his team also player here in May and they enjoyed the matches.
“BVI has been an amazing host twice so far and we have been in training 3, 4, or 5 times a week depending on the weather and these boys are really serious,” he noted. “They have given up their time and BVI was very competitive. It was an exciting game. We had a lot of advancement with the ball but I think BVI played very, very tough so it was a good game.”