YUFC’s U-18 boys’ season ended with a bitter taste as provincials in Regina. Despite not conceding a goal in the entire tournament, the YUFC boys lost in the semifinal to Saskatoon Aurora in a penalty shootout ending their quest for another provincial championship and ending the youth careers of many successful YUFC footballers in defeat.
YUFC won their group stage with a one-nil win over Moose Jaw, a six-nil drubbing of Regina ACFC and a nil-nil draw with Saskatoon’s other Aurora outfit to wrap up the group stage before heading into Sunday’s semi-final.
YUFC controlled the game against the Aurora side in the semi-final, but like in their games against Moose Jaw and the other Aurora team in the group stage, just could not find ways to finish their chances despite out playing their opponents. An injury to key play Anthony Fetsch also gave Yorkton’s eleven a significant disadvantage as Fetsch missed most of extra time and the penalty shootout, leading to their defeat. In the shootout Aurora and Yorkton remained tied after five shooters heading into sudden death before Yorkton’s Brayden Robertson skied a shot over the crossbar, ending the Yorkton United season in heartbreak.
The returning U-18’s will now look forward to the indoor season while players moving on will likely stick on with the club’s men’s team, which is heading to Minnedosa this weekend for its first tournament of the season.