Shahbaz Khattra of the Douglas College Royals battles a Langara Falcons opponent during the PACWEST provincial playoffs. Khattra was one of three Surrey residents on the Royals to be named PACWEST all-stars.

Locals prominent on PACWEST all-star teams

Six local players, three Kwantlen Eagles honoured

Six local soccer players were named to PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) all-star teams.

Surrey natives Javid Khan and Sahil Sandhu of the Douglas College Royals were named to the men’s first all-star team, after helping their team to a third-place finish with an 8-2-4 (won-tied-lost) record.

Khan, a North Surrey Secondary graduate, netted five goals in 12 games played while Sandhu tallied six goals in nine games played.

Shahbaz Khatrta, a third forward for the Royals from Surrey, was a second-team selection. The Enver Creek graduate scored six goals in 12 games.

Two members of the Kwantlen Eagles were also second-team all-stars. Goaltender Kevin Taheri of Richmond posted a 1.59 goals against average with two shutouts. Forward Murtada Almatrood of Burnaby was the second Eagles player selected.

Olivia Kappeli of the Langara Falcons was one of three local players on the PACWEST women’s first all-star team, and was also named the Rookie of the Year. The graduate of Burnsview Secondary in North Delta was selected as a defender.

Paige Ayers of Surrey was also a first-team choice, while Kaylee Dodds was a second team selection. Both players are midfielders. Ayers scored four goals in eight starts playing for the Quest Kermodes, while Dodds tallied four times in 14 games for the Nanaimo-based Vancouver Island Mariners.

The Eagles placed one player on the PACWEST women’s all-stars, defender Norma Sheane of Burnaby.

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