Victoria, BC: After a long regular season and a grueling march through league play and Provincial Cup knockout rounds, only two teams are left standing in each category. This Saturday May 11th they will compete for the title of BC Soccer Provincial Champions!
The culmination of the 2012-2013 Adult soccer season is the Provincial Championships. These championships feature 4 categories (U21, A, B, and over 35) of men’s and women’s play. Teams qualify through their respective leagues across BC, and play single elimination knock out games to whittle it down to the final two. The knockout rounds are now complete and the final match ups are set.
“The Provincial Championships are a fantastic showcase for the adult game”, stated Kjeld Brodsgaard, Chair of BC Soccer Adult Competitions Committee. “The standard of play across all finals is always very high and with the added incentive of representing BC in regional and national championships for a number of teams, it makes the day a great spectacle”, he added.
The 2013 Adult Provincial Cup finals will be hosted this year in Victoria by the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) and the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association (LIWSA). All games will take place at Westhills Stadium and Goudy Stadium fields in Langford, just outside downtown Victoria.
“We are hugely grateful to the local organising committee and volunteers led by Vince Greco of Vancouver Island Soccer League and Janet Bisson of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association for all of their hard work and efforts in coordinating the days activities”, said Brodsgaard.
The first match up of the day is the Classics final (women’s over 35) and features one of only two Vancouver Island teams in these finals. Kicking off at 10:00am on Goudy field will be Gorge FC (LIWSA) versus Coastal FC Supra (Metro Women’s Soccer League - MWSL). Coastal FC Supra finished with a 8-1-3 record, good for third in the division. A strong cup run capped their regular season and earned them a place in the finals. Their opponents, Gorge FC, finished 10-3-1, good for second in their division. Gorge will look to use the advantage of the home crowd, while the visitors hope to spoil the party. The winner of this game advances to the Western Canadian Championships in late September, hosted this season in Quebec.
Kicking off half an hour later on Westhills Stadium will be Guildford FC (Vancouver Metro Soccer League - VMSL) and West Van FC (MSL) as they each look to take home the Doug Day Cup (men’s U21). These teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the VMSL U21 division. West Van FC look to avenge their 1-0 loss to Guildford FC in the VMSL U21 Cup final at the end of March while Guildford will try and add to their 2013 trophy count.
Next up is the Keith Millar Cup final (men’s B) where the perennial powerhouse out of the Richmond Senior Soccer League, the Richmond All Blacks (Richmond Senior Soccer League) takes on Sarajevo FC out of the VMSL. Sarajevo FC was dominant this year finishing first in their division, 10 points clear of the second place team. Sarajevo FC was upset in league cup play, bowing out in the quarter finals and will look to erase that result with a Provincial Cup win. The All Blacks also finished top of the standings in league play as they edged out their rivals the Richmond Athletics by one point for the RSSL Premier Division crown.
In the Premier women’s division, nine time defending champions Surrey United (MWSL) are back in the finals looking to make it a historic ten in a row. Standing in their way are the NSGSC Renegades. The Renegades hold the advantage as they beat Surrey United once and tied them once in regular season play. The winner of this match moves on to the Canadian Club National Championships which take place n Halifax this October.
In the Deryl Hughes Cup (men’s over 35) it is recent Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductees, Columbus FC (VMSL) versus the Fraser Valley Soccer League Champions, North Delta SC Rangers. After missing out on the FVSL Masters Cup, the Rangers look to finish their season on high. Columbus comes into the game hungry as well after a third place finish in the league, and a first round exit in VMSL Masters Cup play.
In the Leeta Sokalski Cup (women’s B) Gorge FC (LIWSA) is represented again in the finals and will face off against the Burnaby Girls SCCFC (MWSL). Gorge FC finished top of their division in league play and like the Gorge FC Classics earlier in the day, will look to the home crowd to help create a ‘home’ team advantage woman on the pitch as one of only two island teams represented in the finals. BGSCCFC come into the game as relative underdogs. They finished top of their division in league play, but were unable to continue that success through MWSL Cup play.
In the final women’s match of the day, CCB United (MWSL) and Langley United (MWSL) will battle it out for the women’s U21 Provincial Cup. Langley United come in as the favourites after finishing ahead of CCB in regular season play and after winning the MWSL U21 Cup.
In the final match of the day, for the Men’s Provincial A Cup, it will be a battle of VMSL clubs as the defending champion Surrey United Firefighters take on West Van FC. The two teams finished second and third respectively in regular season play, but West Van held the edge over Surrey and won both of their head to head match ups, 1-0 and 2-0. Neither team made it as far as the finals of VMSL Imperial Cup, but both have looked very strong throughout the Provincial Cup; Surrey United through their strong defensive play, and West Van FC with a more offensive game. The winner moves on to the Club Nationals in Halifax this October.
For more information on the finals, including a full schedule for the days finals visit our webpage 2013 Adult Provincial Cup webpage
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