Striker's strike at soccer pitch

Tri-S Striker player Courtney Sorokopud-Jones (right) battles for the ball against Greendale FC at Shaughnessy Park Turf Field in Winnipeg, Man., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)

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The Tri-S Striker soccer team has earned a berth into the Winnipeg Womens Soccer League fourth division Round 1 Series A Championship Final Match against Gateway Celtic Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex Field 1 on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.

Only one win is needed to win the championship series.

Making the championship final comes as no surprise as Tri-S finished in first after the regular season.

Tri-S Striker competed against Greendale FC at Shaughnessy Park Turf Field on Aug. 29 and not only earned a 7-2 victory, but also the advancement into the championship match.

After the victory, Tri-S Striker Courtney Sorokopud-Jones told The Selkirk Journal that all players passed the ball well during the 90-minute match.

She attributed the team’s success to an entire team effort. She also noted how the players on the team consistently show up on game day

“Everyone found the net and it wasn’t just one person,” Sorokopud-Jones said. “It all comes down to the last game.”

Sorokopud-Jones has a family connection to the team as her sister Megan Sorokopud-Jones is also a member of Tri-S Striker.

“It’s a great team sport,” Megan said. “I have fallen in love with it and it’s a great game.”

Megan said that no matter what level of sport athletes play in, it’s important to have playoffs.

“I think we’re going to go into the final obviously hoping we can keep working hard for one more game,” Megan said. “It doesn’t matter that we finished top in the division, we’ve know have to keep winning.”

Hannah Erskine, who has been playing for Tri-S since she was five-years-old, said that this year’s team works well together.

“I like how competitive it can be,” she said about the team’s recent victory. “I think we all played really well today…The passing is where we get a lot of our goals.”