Soccer squads advance to B.C. tournaments
Two teams from Surrey have qualified for the B.C. Senior AAA girls high school soccer tournament in Vancouver next week.
The Fleetwood Park Dragons and Panorama Ridge Thunder will be among the 16 teams competing for the provincial title, after placing in the top five at the Fraser Valley Championship tournament earlier this month.
The Dragons placed third after winning four of five games in the Fraser Valley playoff. After losing their second round game 1-0 to the Centennial Centaurs, Fleetwood Park reeled off three consecutive wins in consolation play without conceding a goal, including a 3-0 win over Centennial last Thursday.
Fleetwood Park earned the No. 2 seed for the Fraser Valley tournament after dominating the West Zone in league play. They won all nine regular season games while outscoring the opposition 42-1.
The Thunder reached the Fraser Valley semifinals, where they lost 1-0 in overtime to the eventual Fraser Valley champion South Delta Sun Devils.
Panorama Ridge also lost to the Dragons 3-0 in a consolation game, before clinching fifth place with a 3-0 victory over the Heritage Woods Kodiaks.
Panorama Ridge finished second in the South Zone to the Fraser Valley champion South Delta Sun Devils with a 6-1-0 (won-lost-tied) record. The lone loss was a 4-0 setback against the Sun Devils. The Thunder were the fifth-seed in the Fraser Valley playoff tournament.
The Senior AAA provincial tournament is May 29-31.
Two local schools will be in Penticton for the Senior AA provincial championships May 29-31.
The Sands Scorpions, seeded sixth for the eight-team Fraser Valley playoffs, qualified with a second place finish in postseason play. Sands reached the championship game before losing 5-0 to the Archbishop Carney Stars after winning twice on the road.
The Surrey Christian Falcons qualified by placing third. After a 3-0 first-round loss to Archbishop Carney, the eighth-seed Falcons defeated the Thomas Haney Thunder 4-1, the Burnsview Griffins 2-1 and the M.E.I. Eagles 2-1.