Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame Club and ten in a row champions are highlights of Adult Provincial Soccer Finals

Victoria, BC: Saturday’s eight BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup finals in Langford, BC offered something for everyone with close games, great goals and thrilling saves making it a day to remember.

Surrey United proved again their dominance in the A Cup’s with both their men’s and women’s teams winning their respective finals both by 1-0 behind superb goalkeeping performances.  Surrey United Women of the Metro Women’s Soccer League (MWSL) overcame league rivals North Shore GSC Renegades in a tense game to record an incredible tenth Provincial Title in row and secure the right to represent BC at the Canadian Club National Championships in Halifax in October. The only goal of the game was scored by Chelsey Hannesson in the first half. North Shore piled on the pressure in the second half but just could not beat Theresa Nuttal, goalkeeper of Surrey United who was awarded the game MVP, a gift certificate provide by BC Soccer partner Soccer Express who also provided similar prizes to all Championship MVP’s.

In the Men’s A Cup, an all Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) final, Surrey United beat West Van FC in another very close game which had an incredible start to it with West Van losing central defender Drew Galley in the second minute of the game to a red card as he committed a professional foul in the penalty box. The subsequent penalty was scored by Colin Streckmann. However this seemed to galvanize the ten men of West Van who did everything they could to equalise but just could not get past keeper Andy Fink, who also saved a penalty kick and was deservedly named the game’s MVP.

“You know it’s an amazing accomplishment really, especially for the men’s team, the competition is very grueling and I think it’s been about 20 years or so since a men’s team has won back to back championships,” stated Martin Foden, Executive Director, Surrey United. “This was probably the most challenging year for the women considering we were missing three of our top players to injuries and unavailability. There is something resounding about 10 years in a row; it’s really amazing at that level of competition”, he added.

In the Deryl Hughes Cup (men’s over 35) recent Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductees in the
‘Organization of Distinction’ category, Columbus FC (VMSL) showed their experience by dominating Fraser Valley Soccer League Champions, North Delta SC Rangers and winning 4-0. Craig Richards, (named game MVP), a superb solo effort from Salvatore Cuccione, a long cross/shot with his first touch from sub Vito Lore and Scott Walters were the scorers for Columbus who now go on to represent BC in the Western Canadian Masters in Saskatchewan in late September.

Stand in Coach for the day and long serving player of Columbus FC Frank Ciaccia commented on the team’s achievement; “the guys performed really well and deserved their win. We had some injuries and players missing but everyone contributed to a great victory. This is a special year for the club who are celebrating 60 years and this win, combined with the men winning the VMSL premier league championship, the masters wining their League B Cup and the club being inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame make it one to remember”.

It was an unfortunate day for the two ‘home’ teams from Vancouver Island who both lost in Championship games. Gorge FC of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association (LIWSA) were beaten by Coastal FC Supra (MWSL) in the Women’s Classics final (women’s over 35) 3-0. Game MVP Colleen Anderson opened the scoring for Coastal who also had goals from Kerri Hornby and Nancy Heard. Coastal now advances to the Western Canadian Championships in late September, hosted this season in Quebec.

In the Leeta Sokalski Cup (women’s B) Gorge FC (LIWSA) was again represented in the final but were beaten 2-1 in a closely fought game by Burnaby Girls SCCFC (MWSL) even with a large and very loud local crowd behind them. Goals from Jennifer Morrison and Kate Sequin won it for Burnaby who also had a player sent off and played for a large part of the second half with only ten players.  

“The team was ecstatic! There was a huge crowd out to support Gorge, but the girls played their hearts out,” stated James Barazzuol, coach of Burnaby Girls SCCFC Select. “We went through a lot of adversity to get here; winning two cup games with only 10 players. For almost the entire second half of the finals we had no subs due to the red card and injuries,” he added.

The Keith Millar Cup final (men’s B) perennial powerhouse out of the Richmond Senior Soccer League, the Richmond All Blacks were resounding 5-0 winners over Sarajevo FC of the VMSL.  Two goals from Daniel Tait, who was also named game MVP, Mathiew Campbell, Kyle Shury and a 25-yard screamer from Justin Hebner were the difference in a game where Richmond’s cup experience showed through.

The two U21 finals were close affairs, with the men’s Doug Day Cup ending in dramatic style. The game was tied 0-0 and heading to extra time when a superb volley in off the post in the 94th minute from Adam Karrasch meant that Guildford United took the cup over West Van FC. Guildford keeper Matthew Knees was named game MVP after a superb performance in goal to keep West Van at bay.

In the women’s U21 final, Langley United (MWSL) took what looked to be an unassailable 3-0 lead over CCB United (MWSL) and seemed headed for an easy win. However CCB battled backed scoring two unanswered goals but it was not enough as Langley held on for a 3-2 win even though they had a player sent off.  Sydney Gobin grabbed a goal and the game MVP with Isabella Lord and Sydney Raison also scoring one each for Langley.

Kjeld Brodsgaard, Chair of the BC Soccer Adult Competitions Committee said, “It was a wonderful day’s soccer in Langford at the Westhills Stadium and Goudy Field with great crowd and superb soccer. The event was a credit to all those players, coaches, officials and volunteers who took part and special thanks should go to the Vancouver Island Soccer League and Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association who acted as put local organising committee and put on a great show”.

For more information on the finals, including all results visit our webpage 2013 Adult Provincial Cup page

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