Shakeel Iqbal of the Enver Creek Cougars moves the ball up the field during the Fraser Valley playoff game against the Panorama ridge Thunder. The Cougars won the provincial championship last week in Burnaby.

Cougars claim B.C. soccer crown

Enver Creek wins provincial high school championship in a shootout

It’s a first for Enver Creek Secondary.

The Surrey school’s Senior AAA boys soccer team edged the St. George’s Saints 2-1 in a shootout Saturday afternoon to win the 16-team provincial championship tournament in Burnaby, earning the first B.C. banner in school history.

“We had a wrestler recently win a provincial championship,” said Enver Creek Cougars co-coach ryan Green. “But this is the first team championship at the senior level.”

The Cougars were unbeaten in Burnaby, winning twice and tying once to finish first in their group in round robin play. They dispatched the Burnaby South Rebels 4-2 in a semifinal game Friday afternoon.

In Saturday’s final, Bobby Dhaliwal scored in regulation time, and Grade 9 goaltender Aman Thind made two saves in the shootout won 3-2 by the Cougars.

“We were fairly confident going into the tournament,” said Green. “We knew we had a good group of talented players. It was just a matter of coming together as a team.”

Shahbaz Khattra was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and he shared the Golden boot award as top goal scorer, netting seven in five games.

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