The Merritt United U11 boys’ soccer team split their pair of road games against two different Penticton sides last weekend.

The United, who are coached by Q101 news anchor Ricardo Veneza, won their opening game 6-3 before losing their second match of the day 7-5.

Veneza, who grew up playing soccer and whose father spent time professionally in the Italian Third Division, stated that his young squad is extremely talented and performed well on the weekend.

“They’re slowly learning formations, and how to stay a bit more compact on the field,” said the coach. “I expect them to get much better as time goes by and they learn the game.”

Leading the scoring parade for United on the weekend was Raynen George-Campbell with six goals. Brody Pattison scored four times while Zach Griep tallied once.

“Our two goalies, Nevin Sekhon and Josh Desmond, along with defenders Connor Ouellet and Tyler Simon also played well,” stated Veneza.

A return visit by the Penticton teams is hoped for in July.