Final Matchups Set After Exciting Weekend of Semi-Final Action in the Adult Provincial Cup

Vancouver, BC: It was an exciting weekend of soccer in BC and the final matches are now set for all Adult Provincial Cups as the dust clears after a busy weekend of semi-final action. The winners now have a week off to prepare for the finals in Victoria on May 11th.

Highlights from the weekend include two Gorge FC women’s teams representing the Island and hoping to win their respective cups at home in the finals for women’s B Cup and in women’s Classics. Surrey United will also be looking for a double, as both their men’s and women’s Premier A Cup teams advanced to the finals for the second year in a row, and both will be looking to repeat as champs. And the recent inductees to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, Columbus FC look to continue their long history of success after securing their place in the Masters Provincial Cup final.

Starting in the Leeta Sokalski Cup, women’s B division, where Gorge FC were looking represent the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association (LIWSA) and be the second Vancouver island team to advance to the May 11th finals in Victoria. They faced a tough task against the surprising Magnuson Mariners of the Metro Women’s Soccer League’s third division (MWSL). In the end it was the Gorge FC youth that proved to be the difference as high school student Olivia Cass scored the winning goal in extra time as Gorge FC defeated the Magnuson Mariners 1-0. Their opponents in the final will the Burnaby Girls SCCFC after the MWSL Selects division winners got by their divisional rivals Richmond FC Selects, 3-2. Burnaby Girls SCCFC will be on the road for the first time in this year’s provincials on May 11th as they take on Gorge FC who is sure to have a large crowd behind them as one of only two Vancouver Island teams to make the finals this season.

Moving on to the Doug Day Cup for Men’s U21, Guildford FC (Vancouver Metro Soccer League – VMSL) continued their run at Provincial Cup glory by knocking off another seeded team. This time it was VMSL rivals, the Metro-Ford Jr Wolves who finished first in VMSL regular season league play. Guildford maintained the tight checking defensive style of play that got them this far and even though they allowed there first goal of the tournament, they were able to put home 3 of their own and earned 3-1 win in front of their home crowd. They will have a familiar opponent in the Provincial Cup final as they will face off against West Van FC (VMSL); the two teams faced off earlier this year in the VMSL U21 Cup final which Guidlford RFC won 1-0. West Van FC hosted the top seeded Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) team, the PMSC Lordco Gunners in the other semi-final. West Van was able to control them majority of the game and won convincingly, 4-0.

In the Keith Millar Cup, men’s B Cup, the first semi-final featured the Richmond All Blacks (Richmond Senior Soccer League - RSSL) and Comox Valley United (Vancouver Island Soccer League - VISL). It was a back and forth affair, neither side giving an inch. The All Blacks proved to be better on this day as they kept their second clean sheet in the span of 3 matches and advanced to the finals with a 1-0 win. In the other matchup it was Sarajevo FC (VMSL), playing in their third straight road match of the tournament, taking on Langley FC Dynamo (FVSL). Sarajevo FC again proved that home field is not always a factor as they played strong team defense and earned a 2-0 win over the home side. The final now features the RSSL Premier division champions, the Richmond All Blacks and the VMSL division 2A champions, Sarajevo FC.

The semi-finals in the Deryl Hughes Cup, men’s masters, could not have been more closely matched as both games ended up going to penalty kicks. On one side the top seeded North Delta SC Rangers (FVSL) took on PCOV, who had won their previous two results by a combined total of 9-1. After extra time the teams were deadlocked at 0-0 and headed to penalties, where North Delta proved why they were the top seed and won 4-2. In the other match up, it was Columbus FC (VMSL) taking on league winners, the Poco Castilians (VMSL). The two teams came into the game allowing only one goal between them in the rounds leading up to this, but it did not show on this day as both teams took advantage of their scoring opportunities and found themselves level at 3-3 after extra time. When the smoke had cleared it was Columbus FC who were victorious, and who will move on to face the FVSL champion North Delta SC Rangers in the final.  

In the Women’s A Cup, Surrey United SC (MWSL) just keeps on rolling. The nine time defending Provincial champions faced a skilled and determined Castaways FC (LIWSA) who challenged them all day long. In the end only Surrey United was able to find the back of the net and they held on for a 1-0 win. Surrey will now try for their record 10th Provincial Cup title in a row and earn a trip back to the Club Nationals in October. The other semi-final featured Prospect Lake SC (LIWSA) hosting the NSGSC Renegades (MWSL). In a battle of attrition, it was the Renegades who were able to break the deadlock and earn a 1-0 win over Prospect Lake. They now get set to try and break the streak as underdogs on May 11th against Surrey United SC.

Finally, we look at the Men’s Provincial A Cup where four teams remained, from three different leagues, in a fight to represent BC at Club Nationals in October. The first game took place under the lights at UBC on Friday night as the Vancouver Thunderbirds (PSCL) hosted the defending champion Surrey United Firefighters (VMSL). It would end up being an uphill battle for the PCSL champs as they went down to ten men halfway through the game. Surrey United was able to capitalize on a chance mid-way through the game, headed home by former Vancouver Whitecaps player Jeff Clarke, and hold on for a 1-0 victory taking them to their second straight appearance in the final. Looking to join Surrey in the finals were West Van FC (VMSL) on the road to face relative underdogs, Cowichan FC (VISL) who was fresh off a huge win over top seeded Langley FC (FVSL) the week before. Cowichan fought hard, hoping to play in the finals in front of their home crowd; but West Van proved to be too strong on this day as they earned a solid 3-1 win.

Confirmed earlier this season, the women’s Classics Provincial Cup final will feature the Coastal FC Supra (MWSL) versus Gorge FC (LIWSA) and the women’s U21 Provincial Cup final will see CCB United (MWSL) face off against Langley United (MWSL).

All finals in the 2013 Adult Provincial Cup will be on Saturday May 11th, at West Hills Stadium and Goudy Field in Langford (just outside Victoria) BC.

Full details of the draws, the schedules the results and the finals are available HERE

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BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

For information about BC Soccer Provincial Championships, please contact:

Dan Turvill
Competitions Coordinator
604-299-6401 ext 2353

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