Adult soccer team makes a pitch

High Prairie United soccer club, front left-right, John Karikari, Cimino Estey, Sujin Whang, Alycia Monahan, Janet Truong, Vien Truong, and Odeobi Ekpar; back left-right, Conner Lysohirka, Dwayne Auger, Wayne Chuang, Josh Herbison, Henry Chang, Dwight Haugen, Shaundra Reinink, Katherine Erskine, Jennifer Zallum, and Samer Al-Slaa. (Missing in photo, coach Lance Halldorson, and players Paula Welz and Simil Cheriyan.)
High Prairie United soccer club, front left-right, John Karikari, Cimino Estey, Sujin Whang, Alycia Monahan, Janet Truong, Vien Truong, and Odeobi Ekpar; back left-right, Conner Lysohirka, Dwayne Auger, Wayne Chuang, Josh Herbison, Henry Chang, Dwight Haugen, Shaundra Reinink, Katherine Erskine, Jennifer Zallum, and Samer Al-Slaa. (Missing in photo, coach Lance Halldorson, and players Paula Welz and Simil Cheriyan.)

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Adult soccer has hit the local pitch as High Prairie hosted three teams in a round-robin tournament Aug. 13.

“We started last spring and it has kept on growing,” says coach Lance Halldorson.

High Prairie fell 6-2 to Slave Lake in its opening game.

Dwight Haugen netted both goals for the host team.

Up next, High Prairie United was blanked 5-0 by Whitecourt.

To close out its play, United battled to a 3-3 tie with Peace River.

Paula Welz, Cimino Estey, and Simil Cheriyan scored for High Prairie.

“High Prairie had an adult soccer team about 11 years ago,” Halldorson says.
“We have a high goal to join Grande Prairie Soccer League.”

Players gather Tuesdays and Thursdays for a pick-up game at St. Andrew’s school.

“It’s good to get together with other people in the community and from many different cultures,” Halldorson says.

With a growing number of contacts, he trusts the team will gain more opportunities to play teams from other parts of northern Alberta.

Active as a coach with High Prairie Minor Soccer Association, Hall- dorson sees this as an opportunity for the young players to continue in the sport.

He urges players 16 and over to join the adult team.

 

Conner Lysohirka of High Prairie United, left, chases the ball against a Slave Lake player in tournament action.
Conner Lysohirka of High Prairie United, left, chases the ball against a Slave Lake player in tournament action.

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