National champions honoured by Sport BC
Winning is nothing new to Surrey United.
The dominant club in women’s soccer, United has won eight consecutive Provincial Cup trophies. In that span, United has also claimed a pair of national championships, the most recent coming last October in Quebec.
And last Thursday in Richmond, the team added another honour. It was named the 2011 Sport BC Team of the Year.
“2011 was truly was an amazing year put together by an amazing group of players,” said Jeff Clarke, Surrey United Technical Director and head coach of the women’s team, “To say they are a special group would be an understatement and their achievements have resonated with all of the great members at Surrey United Soccer Club, especially all the young female players that follow their successes. I’m so proud of all of them.”
United won everything possible in 2011, claiming Metro Women’s Soccer League championships in Premier Division play as well as in cup competition. They won the Provincial Cup trophy to defend their B.C. championship, then won the national title by winning four of five games at a tournament in Brossard, Quebec.
“It was a special moment for us to accept this honour on behalf of Surrey United,” said United captain Kate Qually, who was accompanied by teammates Rachael Pelat and Megan Blaker when accepting the award at a Sport BC gala at the River Rock Theatre.
“This really is the best club in the country and the players are pleased to be able to compete and represent SU at every opportunity.”