Pegasus back in first place

Steve Kindel (left) of the Surrey United Firefighters goes head-to-head with a Richmond Hibernians opponent during Saturday’s VMSL Premier Division game in Cloverdale.  United won 2-0 - BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Steve Kindel (left) of the Surrey United Firefighters goes head-to-head with a Richmond Hibernians opponent during Saturday’s VMSL Premier Division game in Cloverdale. United won 2-0
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

Defending provincial champion ICST Pegasus moved into first place in the Premier Division of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) last season, defeating the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves 3-1 while getting some help from Columbus FC.

Pegasus improved their record (won-tied-loss) to 11-5-2 with the victory Friday night at Newton Athletic Park, one point ahead of 11-4-2 West Van, which was upset 2-1 by Columbus.

West Van brought an end to a 12-game unbeaten streak by Pegasus two weeks ago, defeating the Surrey side 2-1 in Newton to take over top spot in the Premier Division.

Niko Marcina put Pegasus up 1-0 in the 30th minute, and 10 minutes later, defender Paul Bahia connected for what would prove to be the winning goal.

Coquitlam pulled to within one with 80 minutes to play, but while pressing for a tying goal, the Wolves conceded a score from Javid Khan of Pegasus.

Surrey United Firefighters, the defending Premier Division and Imperial Cup champions, blanked Richmond FC Hibernians 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Cloverdale Athletic Park.

United, now five points out of first place, was outplayed by Richmond in the opening half but were still in a scoreless tie at halftime. Angus Burke scored both Surrey goals, netting the winner in the 50th minute and adding a second 20 minutes later. He currently leads all Premier Division scorers with 13 goals in 17 games.

Paul Shepherd earned the shutout in the Surrey goal, making some saves early in the game when Hibernians were creating most of the scoring chances.

United is tied with Columbus for fourth place, both with 10-2-5 records with five games to play.

The top four Premier Division teams are all in action next week, with the two Surrey sides on the road in Vancouver. ICST Pegasus travels to face  Columbus FC, while the Firefighters are on the road against 5-3-8 Croatia tomorrow (Friday) night.

West Van is at home tomorrow to 3-5-9 ICSF Inter.

Delta United Hurricanes got three goals and an assist from Ryan Dhillon, who was named the VMSL Player of the Week, in a 4-2 victory over ICSF Inter Sunday at John Oliver Park in North Delta.

Harp Khakh netted the fourth Delta goal for the 8-4-5 Hurricanes, who are in fifth place in the 12-team Premier Division.

Delta plays in the preliminary round of the Imperial Cup competition Sunday, hosting the TSA Royals of Ladner at 2 p.m. at John Oliver Park.

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