Girls soccer season starts

Parkland Secondary School fields young team at AA level

Delaney Belknap kicks the ball on the Vic High goalkeeper as teammate Annika Messer looks on. Belknap scored three goals and Messer added four in Parkland Secondary’s second league game of the season April 3.

Parkland Secondary’s girls soccer team is a mix of experience this season, says coach Kirsten Dibblee.

With only four Grade 12 players on the roster, Dibblee said she has brought in junior players and after two league games, she said the team has made vast improvements.

“They are a super nice group of kids,” said the coach.

The goal of the squad this season in the Greater Victoria AA division, she continued, is to finish in the top half of their league. Dibblee would also like to see her players improve and build on their skills for the next season.

Senior players Andrea Kess and Emma Goodwin will be called on to lead, Dibblee said, adding she sees potential in younger players like Grade 11 Aquilna James.

With playoffs at the end of April, there are only six league games for the young squad.