Throughout its existence, the Moose Jaw high school girls’ soccer league hasn’t been what one would call ‘stable’ when it comes to predicting results or projecting finishes when it comes to early- and late-season games.
What happens in game one can be wildly different when compared to what happens in game eight or nine.
Case in point, the game between the Peacock Tornadoes and Central Cyclones on Saturday afternoon.
The Toilers turned in their best performance of the season, hemming the Cyclones in their own half for large spans of time as they went on to a 2-1 victory in league action at Sunningdale Field.
The Cyclones might have been shorthanded and playing their second game of the day, but given what happened earlier in the season, the result was still plenty surprising — the two teams faced each other on opening weekend, and Central rolled to a 7-0 victory.
“The score was quite high the very first game we played them, but this one was pretty exciting and a good win for the girls to get them going and get some more confidence,” said Tornadoes coach Alysha Evans.
Peacock took a 1-0 lead out of the first half and added their second marker around the 60th minute. Central got one back late and pressed for the tying goal but came up just short.
It was a remarkable turnaround for Peacock, who have seen rapid progression in their forces since the start of the season.
“I think we’ve come a really long ways as a together as a team,” Evans said. “With our inexperienced players getting the practice they needed to come together and hopefully gain that confidence a game situation, it’s made a big difference.”
That their improvement has come so rapidly and paid off so quickly was still rather surprising, with Evans hoping it’s all a sign of things to come.
“I’m really happy it ended up getting us a win in the end,” she said. “The whole game I was looking over at the other coach and saying how surprised I was and how exciting it was that we were making connections and moving the ball and trying the plays we were creating throughout our practices. It was nice to see that.”
No score was available as of press time from the game between Central and Vanier earlier in the day.