Local twins Sarah and Katie Freeman, along with their best friend Sophie Pandza, have just completed another season of indoor soccer for the Riverdale U12 Girls team.
The team plays in the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA) as a community team, and this year, through the regular season, managed to qualify for Tier 4, the highest, most competitive level of community soccer in the City. The team was one of only two teams at the U12 Girls age group for the Edmonton Southeast Soccer Association (ESESA) zone of EMSA, which represents east-central neighbourhoods in Edmonton, and was one of 35 city-wide U12 girls teams outside of the premier league this past indoor season.
The season ran from late September to its final conclusion with InterCity and Provincial Championships the week-end of March 12-13. The team played a total of 26 games this season, including the regular season and play in 4 tournaments. The team had a record of 17 wins, 5 losses, and 4 ties through all competitions. Along the way, they were fortunate to collect a number of medals, and qualify for both City and Provincial Finals:
- FC Memorial Cup (Feb 5-7) – Silver
- City Finals (Feb 20-21) – Bronze
- Slush Cup (Feb 25-27) – Silver
- Provincials 7th place (out of 12)
The team has been coached for many years by James Freeman, Katie and Sarah’s dad, and they are now looking forward to transitioning to outdoor play for the upcoming EMSA outdoor season. With the weather the way it has been, look for them to be out practicing before the end of March!