Surrey United women take gold as BC Soccer teams excel in National Championships
Vancouver, BC: Eight time BC Soccer Provincial Champions Surrey United women went one better this year as they took the Gold medal in the Jubilee Trophy competition, the annual senior women’s club soccer championship. Their win capped a fine week for BC’s club representatives with a silver medal placing achieved by ICST Pegasus in the men’s Challenge Trophy and two bronze medals for Coquitlam Metro Ford Sparta U16 boys and Surrey Guildford United U14 girls.
Surrey United women, who play in the Metro Women’s Soccer League, last won a national championship in 2006, when they hosted the Jubilee Trophy and this time did it the hard way, winning in Brossard, Quebec beating ‘local’ representatives Royal Select Beauport of Quebec 2-1 with goals from Rachael Pelat and Katie Thorlakson.
Head Coach and former Whitecap and Canadian National team player Jeff Clarke said: “It was a superb achievement by the squad. They had to come to terms with playing 5 games in 6 days, the hot weather, the time change and coming up against two Quebec teams, who had a lot of local support. The players deserve great credit for their ability to overcome fatigue and perform so well day after day in what was a very impressive tournament in terms of the standard of play from all teams.”
ISCT Pegasus of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League, lost in the final game of the men’s Challenge Trophy and had to settle for a silver medal. They lost 2-0 in the final to Saskatchewan’s HUSA Alumni FC in a close fought game having beaten them in group play.
Sandy Sumra, Co-President and Manager of ICST Pegasus said: “The experience for the players, staff and supporters was a memorable one. The schedule is a bruising one and we faced very tough quarter final and semifinal games, which did have an impact on us. However, we did have our chances in the final, but the Saskatchewan team was just too strong and fully deserved their win.”
In the U16 Championships held in Lethbridge, Alberta category, Coquitlam Metro-Ford Sparta boys claimed a bronze medal by beating Manitoba’s representatives PTSC Timberwolves 3-1. Their only loss in group play was to eventual champions Erin Mills Mighty Eagles from Ontario.
Surrey Guildford U14 girls also claimed a bronze medal with a 2-0 win over Alberta’s Foothills Gryphons with their only championship loss coming in the knockout phase at the boots of eventual winners Le Laser of Quebec.
In the U18 Championships held in Fredericton, NB, both boys’ and girls’ representatives Magnuson Ford Mariners and Cliff Avenue Synergy finished in 5th place respectively. Cliff Avenue Synergy beat the team from Nova Scotia 6-1 to take 5th place and their only defeat in group play came against eventual champions from Quebec, Longueil. Magnuson Ford Mariners also finished strongly, taking 5th place with a 6-0 win over Mount Pearl from Newfoundland having only lost one game in tournament play.
Richmond Red Hot Selects U16 girls also finished 5th with a 3-0 win in the 5th/6th place games against Manitoba’s Bonivital Flames as did Victoria Capitals U14 boys beating Nova Scotia 5-0 in their final game.
Charlie Cuzzetto, President of BC Soccer said: “All of the teams representing BC were a credit to themselves, their families and their clubs. We appreciate how difficult it can be to travel across Canada to perform in unfamiliar conditions, but the commitment they all demonstrated is highlighted by the superb results that they were able to achieve.”
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