Lions, Pegasus advance in Provincial Cup play

Men’s, women’s knockout competition continues this weekend in Newton and Cloverdale

Two local men’s soccer teams won their first-round games against opposition from Vancouver Island  in Provincial Cup play Saturday afternoon.

The North Delta SC Lions of the Fraser Valley Soccer League and ICST Pegasus of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League have both advanced to the quarterfinal round of BC Soccer’s knockout competition with victories on home field.

North Delta blanked Nanaimo United 1-0 at Dennis Elsom Field, while Pegasus doubled Saanich Fusion FC 4-2 at Newton Athletic Park.

The Lions will host Bays United of Victoria in a quarterfinal match Saturday at 4 p.m. at Delsom Turf Field. Bays United placed fifth in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s Premier Division with a 9-5-4 (won-lost-tied) record, while North Delta was 14-4-3 top to the Fraser Valley Soccer League standings.

Pegasus, the second-place team in the Premier Division of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) at 12-7-3, will host Inter FC in the next round tonight (Friday) at 8:30 p.m. at Newton Athletic Park. Inter FC was fourth in the VMSL at 10-7-5.

In the women’s Provincial Cup tournament, Surrey United has learned who their opponent will be in next week’s quarterfinal round. The defending nine-time B.C. champions had a first-round bye in the 12-team competition, and will be at home to Metro Women’s Soccer League (MWSL) rival Coastal FC in the quarterfinals.

The two Surrey squads will kick-off at 10 a.m. Sunday morning at Cloverdale Athletic Park.

Coast FC topped Castaways FC of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association by a 1-0 score last weekend.

Surrey United finished atop the Premier Division of the MWSL at 13-2-2, with Coastal FC placing fifth at 9-5-3.

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