Two United teams in semifinals
The Surrey United Soccer Club has a pair of teams in the semifinal round of Provincial Cup competition.
Both the men’s and women’s team won quarterfinal contests last weekend to move within two victories of a B.C. championship and a berth in the national championships next October.
The Surrey United Firefighters blanked West Van FC 1-0 in West Vancouver in a men’s quarterfinal contest, while the Surrey United women’s team began their pursuit of a ninth consecutive B.C. championship with a 12-1 thrashing of Castaways United Sunday morning in Cloverdale.
The women will host the North Shore Renegades next Sunday (Apr. 29) at 10 a.m. at Cloverdale Athletic Park.
The Firefighters placed fourth in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s (VMSL) Premier Division, but are the highest-ranked team from that group still alive in the men’s Provincial Cup. A goal from midfielder Vince Stewart in the 90th minute lifted Surrey to their win, with Paul Shepherd earning the shutout.
Of the four semifinalists, three are from the VMSL. First-place ICST Pegasus, the defending provincial champions, lost 2-0 to the Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves in the round-of-16. The Wolves then upset the third-place Columbus FC 1-0 in quarterfinal play last Sunday.
Surrey will visit PoCo FC Saturday, while Coquitlam will host the Delta Hurricanes of the VMSL in the other semifinal on Sunday.
Delta, the fifth place team in this past season’s Premier Division, eliminated Gordon Head of the Vancouver Island league 2-1 Saturday in Victoria.
Woody Bradford of Delta headed home the game’s first goal in the 14th minute, and the lead lasted for more than a half hour. Gordon Head knotted the game with 25 minutes to play, but the game was tied for less than five minutes. Cam Hundal set up Amar Mander for the winning goal.
United will face a PoCo FC team which had no trouble finishing atop the Premier Division of the Fraser Valley Soccer League. PoCo won 17 of 18 league games, tying once to finish 23 points clear of second place North Delta FC.
PoCo defeated North Delta 2-0 in a Provincial cup quarterfinal contest in Port Coquitlam Saturday afternoon.
The Surrey FC Coyotes edged the Richmond Athletics 2-1 Sunday night at Newton Athletic Park to move on to the semifinal round of the men’s Provincial B Cup competition.
The Coyotes will visit the Richmond All-Blacks in semifinal play next weekend.
The All-Blacks knocked out North Delta’s GN Sporting Club 4-0 last Sunday afternoon in Richmond.