Quest Kermodes aren’t afraid of a little competition

Quest students getting ready to support the graduating players during the final home game.
Quest students getting ready to support the graduating players during the final home game.

As we enter November block, students have to say goodbye to some of the staples of fall at Quest—sunny days with great mountain views, days at the lake, and soccer season. One really nice way to spend a sunny weekend day at Quest is to sit on the hill by the soccer field and cheer on our teams. This season has seen a lot of ups and downs for both teams, with injuries and unexpected losses. This past weekend saw the final in-season games for the Quest soccer teams.

 On Saturday, the final home games were bittersweet. The women’s team played first, and lost to Kwantlen 2-0

Graduating soccer players at the Senior Ceremony.
Graduating soccer players at the Senior Ceremony.

despite playing well. Between the games was the Senior Ceremony, a tradition for the final home games of the season. All the fourth-year players were honored by athletics and by the school at large. They were joined by friends and family to acknowledge the hard work they have put in at the school both on and off the field over the last four years. 

The men’s team played next, beating Kwantlen  3-1 and capturing their third win of the season. This game was extra special, as all three goals were scored by fourth-years (JB DeMichina, Taylor Cooper, and  Jyah Flam).

Men's soccer team celebrate with Jyah Flam after his goal during the final home game. Photo cred to Keegan Pearson.
Men’s soccer team celebrate with Jyah Flam after his goal during the final home game. Photo cred to Keegan Pearson.

The following day, both teams travelled to Langara to take on the Falcons, with exciting wins for both men and women. The women took down Langara 5-2 with goals from Paige Ayers and fourth-year Daniella Smith. The men won 4-1, with Cooper and DeMichina both scoring in addition to second-years Theo Lorenz and Sam Dyck. Unfortunately, this weekends wins were not enough to secure the men’s team a spot at the upcoming Provincials hosted by Langara. The women, however, head to Provincials this Friday in the third-seeded position!

Women's team gets silly as they prep for Provincials. Photo cred to Natalie Douglas.
Women’s team gets silly as they prep for Provincials. Photo cred to Natalie Douglas.

Despite having a small team this year, the women have been working incredibly hard to play their best this season. Entering Provincials this weekend, they face VIU in the semi-finals at 12:30pm. Playing against VIU this season, our women’s team has won once, tied once, and lost once, so this game is set to be a pretty amazing one. Moving on to the finals on Saturday, Quest will take on either Douglas or Kwantlen. Going into this weekend, the team is excited for a shot to clinch a spot at Nationals later this month. If you’re in the Langara area this weekend, stop by and cheer on our Quest Kermodes!

Women's team after the Senior Ceremony and their final home game of the season.
Women’s team after the Senior Ceremony and their final home game of the season. 
Men's team after the Senior Ceremony, joined by the Kermode bear.
Men’s team after the Senior Ceremony, joined by the Kermode bear.

UPDATE: This afternoon, the PACWEST announced coaches of the year and the all-star team. From Quest, JB DeMichina made the men’s all-star team, and Natalie Douglas and Katelyn Zell made the women’s all-star team. Kelsey Green was awarded rookie of the year on the women’s side. Our women’s soccer coach, Craig Smith, received coach of the year!

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