Lord Tweedsmuir girls are champions, thanks to teamwork

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary's Grade 8/9 girls bring Fraser Valley championship title home to Cloverdale.

The Grade 8/9 girls soccer team at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary is celebrating an exciting win at Fraser Valley championships.

The Grade 8/9 girls soccer team at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary is celebrating an exciting win at Fraser Valley championships.

The Grade 8/9 girls soccer team at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary is celebrating an exciting win at Fraser Valley championships.

The Panthers clawed their way to the top spot after beating all the other Surrey-seeded teams at the tournament, which started May 7 and wrapped up last week, with the finals on home turf at Cloverdale Athletic Park.

It feels great to win the championship banner, but this win is all the more meaningful because half of the LTS Panthers team are competitors on the field outside of school.

Nine of the 18 girls on the team play for different clubs such as Surrey United and White Rock Costal as part of the B.C. Soccer Premier League, a high performance soccer league,

The respective seasons for high school and the community leagues overlap, presenting certain challenges come spring time, and playoff season arrives.

Additionally, a lot of the players went to different elementary schools, where they faced each other as competitors on the soccer field long before arriving at Lord Tweedsmuir this year.

But they put any lingering differences aside to unite under the Panthers banner at LTS, underscoring the level of good sportsmanship and teamwork involved.

“The girls actually worked together, it was just a pleasure to see,” said Bill Ougden, father of Kacee, Tweedsmuir’s player of the month in April, and who also plays for White Rock’s Coastal team.

Even LTS coach Brad Richardson has a daughter who plays for Surrey United – a rival team for some of the LTS players who are on other soccer teams.

But their stiffest competition this season came from Sulllivan Heights. Lord Tweedsmuir lost to QE at the Surrey championships, but that wasn’t the end. Both ended up at the Fraser Valley championships, where Lord Tweedsmuir blasted RE Mountain 11-2 May 7,  and then blanked Princess Margaret 8-0 May 14.  LTS beat Sullivan Heights 3-1 May 16 in the semi finals, and then won 2-1 against Queen Elizabeth to take the title on May 28.