Panorama Ridge left the rest of the tournament field Thunderstruck with an undefeated run at the B.C. High School Senior Girls' AAA Championships in Newton last weekend.
The Thunder outscored their opponents 21-2 in the tourney capped by a narrow 1-0 win over Kelowna's Mount Boucherie in Saturday's finale.
"We're still a fairly new school but we see ourselves as a strong soccer school," said Darrell Fast, who shared coaching duties with Tanya Genovese.
"We've had some really good results in the last six years with the boys winning (the AA title in 2009) and now with the girls winning. It seems to add some balance with both titles now.
"The girls had a quiet confidence going into the tournament. They didn't take any team for granted and they worked hard in every game.
It was a great result after what happened last year in Kamloops (13th overall) and the girls fully deserved it."
Panorama Ridge opened the tourney by beating Prince George and Point Grey by a combined score of 16-1 before battling to a scoreless draw with defending champion Argyle in their final round-robin game.
Thunder goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis came up with a stellar diving save on an Argyle breakaway late in regulation to preserve the tie.
In the semifinals, the Fraser Valley champion Thunder faced another tough test against Coquitlam's Charles Best. The two sides played evenly for most of the first half but Panorama Ridge pulled away with a succession of goals after the break to advance to the gold medal game with a 4-1 win.
The highlight goal of the game for the Thunder came when Lynnea Yee launched a crossing pass into the box where Kajal Palmer was waiting to calmly nod the ball into the top corner.
"Charles Best was a solid test and I don't think the score was a reflection of the game," Fast said. "It was a really tight contest until late in the game when things started to go our way and we got some scoring chances. Until then though, it was a tight, physical game."
In Saturday's title game, Mount Boucherie's stifling defensive play limited scoring chances. Panorama Ridge finally broke through when Nav Samra worked the ball past a couple of Kelowna defenders and then launched a hard, chest-high shot from 24 yards out. The Mount Boucherie goalkeeper appeared to make the initial stop but the ball squirted loose and bounced into the net for the game's only goal.
"Mount Boucherie has one of the best backlines we've seen all year and their goalkeeper was really solid," Fast said. "We thought we controlled most of the play and moved the ball quite well but Mount Boucherie didn't give up many scoring chances. They didn't have a lot of attack on us but they only needed two or three chances to be right in that game."
Fast credited goalkeeper Makrigiannis and defenders Guneet Josan, Navleen Jammu, Sharan Minhas and Sonia Sohi for their outstanding play in allowing just two goals in five tournament games.