The Vanier Spirits have opened the season with back-to-back shutout wins after they beat the Peacock Tornadoes 5-0 in Tuesday’s Moose Jaw High School Girls Soccer League action at Sunningdale Field.

Vanier improves to 2-0 after they also picked up a 5-0 win over Central on Saturday. The Tornadoes are 0-2 on the year.

“It feels great,” said Vanier grade 11 Rhedina Britton. “We feel like we’ve got a pretty good team this year, we’ve got lots of new players and some very skilled players on our team too.”

Molly Morris opened the scoring for Vanier with two goals in the first half and then Olivia Moyse, Makayla Anderson and Meisie Chamberlain found the back of the net in the second half to help the Spirits to the win.

Vanier’s Jane Morris said a larger bench and the team’s communication has been key to their early season success so far.

“We’ve got a lot more players out, last year we were just scrapping by with like 15 people and now we’ve got almost double that and we’ve got subs, that’s a big advantage,” she said.

“Communication is our number one goal on this team because if you can talk than you can make plays and score.”

The Tornadoes have dropped both their first two games of the season, but the team is confident in the progress that they’re showing over the opening week.

“We improved since our last game, we’re playing as a team and are gelling together,” said Peacock’s Allison Billy.

Despite the game getting away from them in the second half, the Tornadoes continued to make plays defensively late in the game.

“We have some girls that are doing a good job of talking on that back-line,” said Peacock’s Katherine McDougall. “They’re saying when to step up and when to get back and that’s all it is, just talking it out.”

Both teams will be back in action this week as Moose Jaw prepares to host the annual SoccerFest Tournament with the three local teams hosting 13 teams from around the province.

The games start on Friday with Central facing Balgonie Greenall at 10 a.m., while Peacock battles Regina O’Neill and Vanier goes up against Prince Albert St. Mary’s at 11:45 a.m.

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The Moose Jaw High School Boys Soccer League opens its season on Wednesday with two games on tap.

Here in Moose Jaw at the Canada Games Field, the Vanier Vikings host the Weyburn Eagles at 4:30 p.m., while the Peacock Tornadoes hit the road to face the Swift Current Colts.

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