BELMONT SPORTS: Girls soccer team looks to make a statement

Braves want to erase disappointment of tiebreaker scenario at 2013 Islands

Sporting a 2-0-1 record in the short Greater Victoria AAA city league soccer season, the Belmont senior girls are off to a good start.

The defending league and Ryan Cup playoff champions definitely have something to prove, following last spring’s disappointing result at the Island tournament. Despite going undefeated and giving up just one goal, the Bulldogs lost the provincial berth on the first tiebreaker – goals against – to Oak Bay, who went on to lose in the B.C. final to North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers.

“They don’t forget,” said Bulldogs head coach Bud Livingstone. “I’ve coached a lot of games and tried to convey to them they did everything they could do, but the girls this year they definitely have goals in mind. They want to win the league again and the Ryan Cup and get to provincials.”

The Bulldogs beat a strong Reynolds side last week on goals from Marisa Livingstone and Maddie Gill. Belmont also downed highly rated Stelly’s – seventh-place finisher in the 2013 B.C. championships – last Thursday at home on Goudy Field when Livingstone and Lindsay Hargreaves tallied.

Belmont was due to play Sa-Hali from Kamloops in last night’s opener for the University of Victoria’s Nike Spring Classic tournament.

Rugby boys roll over Esquimalt

Jordan Worth scored four tries and five converts, while Cody Wist and Tom Stothard ran in for two tries each as Belmont overpowered Esquimalt 59-19 in senior boys rugby play last week. Jared George was named man of the match for Belmont.

Girls rugby side splits matches

A 22-10 victory over Spectrum and a 31-10 loss to Oak Bay rounded out girls rugby play last week. Alyson Gill, Nicole Weldam-Dickson and Charity Williams gave inspired performances for Belmont in the matches.