BC Boys Take Home Silver At The Canada Games

A left footed strike by Mitchell Popadynetz and some late goal keeping heroics by Mario Gerges earned BC a chance at gold

Vancouver, BC August 18, 2013 – The Team BC Boys soccer team won the silver medal at the Canada Games this past weekend after a tough battle and a 2-0 loss against a strong Quebec squad in the finals. BC played an incredible semi-final match against Ontario where an early left footed strike by Mitchell Popadynetz and a late game penalty save by keeper Mario Gerges gave BC a 1-0 win and a chance to play for gold.

“The team played incredibly hard in all five matches and I am very proud of what they accomplished in Sherbrooke,” says Martin Nash, BC Boys Head Coach. “We defended incredibly well throughout the entire competition and our strikers took advantage of our opportunities and they capitalized when we needed it.”

Team BC played Manitoba to a 1-1 draw in their first game and then played Quebec to 0-0 draw in their second game which allowed them to advance on to the quarter-finals.  In the quarter and semi-finals BC played Nova Scotia and Ontario winning both matches 1-0 which gave them a berth into the Canada Games gold medal game against Quebec.  The final was a close match but a strong Quebec squad prevailed with a 2-0 win.

“It was a very positive week for all these players given the extremely difficult conditions they encountered as it relates to the number of matches played in a very short period of time” said Michael Findlay Director of Soccer Development of BC Soccer. “Their overall commitment to the established tactical plan and the playing concepts introduced throughout our programs was very encouraging” continued Findlay

The Boys silver medal follows up the BC Women’s gold medal last week making for a very successful Canada Games for British Columbian soccer.  For more information on both Team BC soccer teams please visit: BC Soccer’s Canada Games Rosters

“These results contributed to an excellent week for both the boy’s and girl’s high performance development programs in British Columbia and supports BC Soccer’s overall development goals which include the establishment of the high performance league (EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League) and our partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy and the Elite Girls Program” commented Findlay.


About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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