By Medicine Hat News on June 12, 2019.
With only 12 players available, the Rattlers Academy Soccer Club under-19 boys got a tremendous effort to win gold at the Summit Cup in Airdrie this past weekend.
Locked in a draw with a team from Montana in Sunday’s final, penalty kicks were needed with Hat netminder Trey Lukye coming up huge.
Lukye saved one penalty as his team scored enough of their to earn a 5-3 win.
The short-benched Rattlers also had a 1-1 draw with the Montana side in the round robin, plus won a 2-0 decision. They weren’t the only Hat team to do well in Airdrie, either.
In under-15 girls play, Medicine Hat won its first two games before a 3-1 loss to Okotoks in the final.
They beat Calgary West 6-4, then Foothills 4-0.
It was a third-place finish for the under-13 girls, who beat the host Aztecs 5-0 in Sunday’s bronze medal game.
In addition to a 6-0 win over Deerfoot Lightning and 1-0 loss to Airdrie Strikers, the Rattlers’ Emersyn Grudecki won her age division in a goalkeeper skills competition against four other competitors.
As for the under-13 boys, they were alternately hot and cold – but the hot games outnumbered the cold ones.
Medicine Hat had a 3-1 win in the bronze medal final (no opponent was reported) with goals from Kyler Brost, Ari Cowan and Liam Parsons. They lost an 8-0 game and won their first 4-2.
All was well to start the weekend for the under-11 girls Rattlers, but a storm and a coin flip seemed to change their fortunes.
The Hat side beat Airdrie 3-0 in their opener, getting two goals from Rayne Buckert and a clean sheet from new goalkeeper Teagan Torgerson.
Their second game, cancelled due to thunderstorms, was decided on a coin flip – they lost. They then lost 3-0 to Calgary’s Rangers to wind up fourth in their division.
As for the under-11 boys, they went 0-2 with their third game called due to the storms. The first loss was a 4-3 decision to the hosts, while the last one came against Chinook but no score was reported.