The Hinton FC U17 boys soccer squad dominated Linden to earn the bronze medal July 7 at the Tier IV Rural Soccer Provincial Championships.
Colby Perrin had a big game with five goals, while Tyler Clarke and Evan Goulet had one goal each.
“It was a great tourney and boys played their best soccer of the year,” said coach Ralph Underwood.
“Great way to finish the year and boys really stepped up and played a great team game.”
Hinton opened round robin play with a 4-2 win over Athabasca with Clarke scoring a couple goals, while Lance Sunderwald and Aaron Hicks scored one each.
Hinton kept rolling in its second round robin game with a 2-0 win over the Ponoka Storm. Colton Rowley and Perrin scored one goal each while Ashton Melnuk earned the shutout between the pipes for Hinton.
Hinton went into its final round robin game needing only a tie against Bonnyville to punch their ticket to the gold medal game the following day.
Hinton went up 2-1 at half with goals by Joel Sunderwald and Rowley, but couldn’t hold on as Bonnyville rallied for a 3-2 win.
“I felt we were on a roll and would have gave Camrose a real close game in Gold if we held on,” said Underwood.
“We were up 2-1 at half and we probably sat back for about 10-15 minutes (too)_ defensively and cost us, but great way to cap the year off and get a bronze.”
And while Hinton FC were claiming bronze in Fort Saskatchewan, three members of Hinton soccer made the journey to Vermilion after being invited to join the Jasper Highlanders squad at the U15 boys rural provincials.
Kyara Bishop, Tommy Read and Ethan Ramsey all contributed to Jasper earning silver at the championships.
Bishop and Read both scored in Jasper’s opening 5-1 win over Three Hills.
Read led the way with four goals in a 15-0 win over Pigeon Lake in the second game of the round robin, while Bishop added another goal.
Read scored the only goal in a 1-1 draw with Bonnyville to close out the round robin. The tie kept Jasper undefeated and earned them a spot in the gold medal game, where they lost a close 1-0 match to host Vermilion.