The North Coquitlam Rebels defeated the Whistler Sea to Sky Lightning in under-18 girls first division Coastal Cup action in Squamish on Sunday.
The Lightning opened the scoring midway through the first half with the Rebels equalizing minutes later with a goal by Ainsley Girvan. North Coquitlam carried the momentum into the second half with Jenna Hoult taking advantage of a clearing attempt to deliver a 40-yard blast that dropped in behind the Lightning keeper.
This proved to be the winning goal, despite persistent counterattacks by the Lightning who nearly cut the lead by one goal, only to see Rebels keeper Mikayla Bischoff make a spectacular effort to punch the ball over the net.
The Rebels added an insurance marker when Sarah Lockwood volleyed a cross by Ariana Dudley into the back of the net.
“It was a full team effort that contributed to the win,” said coach Paul Corrado. “Whistler is a very good team who put us on our heals to start the game but we eventually found our momentum.”
The Rebels now advance to the quarterfinals and will take on the RGSA Ravens next Sunday.