My left foot: Surrey soccer captain played through injury

SOUTH SURREY – Kyle Sohi’s perseverance and performance in the 2014 Sport Chek National Club Championships U-18 Cup Final might go down in history next to England’s Terry Butcher.

Even though his jersey wasn’t painted in blood stains, the Surrey United skipper was limited to using his weaker foot for the entire match and managed to score a goal and set up the other two. Surrey United beat Ontario’s Ajax Soccer Club 3-0 in last Monday’s (Oct. 13) final at South Surrey Athletic Park.

In the team’s third match against Manitoba’s Bonivital Soccer Club, Sohi overextended his right knee sending a volleyed pass to a teammate.

An appointment with a physiotherapist revealed he had a knee injury and they recommended he rest for the remainder of the weekend.

Despite the physiotherapist telling him his weekend was “basically over,” he did the same thing as Butcher by taping up the injury and playing through the pain.

“I’m still not 100 per cent healthy. I’m still going to physio.

“Even in the final, I wasn’t close to 100 per cent. I didn’t even touch the ball with my right foot at all. I (played) the whole game with my left,” Sohi said.

Sohi, who is attending and playing for UBC, wasn’t going to miss another national championship final.

When the team represented the province at the under-16 national championship two years ago, the midfielder/striker wasn’t able to compete in the final because he tore his medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Knowing the emotional and physical pain of missing such an important match, the North Delta Secondary graduate said he wasn’t going to do that again.

“I felt like I could play. If I didn’t, I’d be letting my teammates down,” said Sohi.

He finished the tournament as joint-leading goal scorer with five goals in four games.

Jeff Clarke, Sohi’s coach and Surrey United technical director, was extremely impressed with Sohi’s ability to play through the pain.

“In relative terms, (it) is one of the more excruciating knee pains you get,” Clarke said. “He wasn’t going to play on Monday. It wasn’t until the warm up that he thought, ‘I can play through this.’”

The coach said when the skipper stepped onto the pitch, it lifted the spirits of his teammates and they knew they would have to match his level of dedication.

“He went out there literally on one leg and we won 3-0 and he scored a goal and got two assists. It was one of the most heroic things you’ll see, especially in youth amateur sport,” said Clarke.

“It’s one of the most symbolic signs of leadership,” he added.

On top of dealing with a painful injury and one of the biggest games of his young career, the UBC science student-athlete was also studying for midterm exams the week of the tournament.

“The young kids in Surrey need leaders. They need role models. (Sohi) is definitely that,” the coach said. “He’s a 4.0 student. He was in the hotel studying until midnight.”

The freshman has come on as a substitute in eight of the Thunderbird’s 14 matches. He has scored one goal in those appearances.

Sohi has quite the resume for the sport he loves, including being part of three provincial club championship teams (U-14, U-16 and U-18), being part of the Whitecaps Prospects U-12 team, training with the provincial team until U-16 and being part of the UBC team.

The Thunderbirds’ men’s varsity soccer team is set to host the Canada West quarter-final match on Friday (Oct. 24) evening against UBC Okanagan Heat. Kick off is at 7 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey pushing the poor out of Whalley, public hearing speakers say

‘There is a war on the poor here in Surrey,’ resident Dave Diewert tells city council

Liquor permission considered for White Rock’s Memorial Park

Council mulls business-boosting measures, including picnic benches

Surrey seniors call Seniors’ Centre Without Walls, a new-to-B.C. program

‘Crazy coincidence’ saw program connect soon after COVID-19 pandemic hit

IHIT investigating death of Surrey woman

Injured woman was taken to SMH early Tuesday morning

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

B.C. woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Horgan calls for national anti-racism program; will pitch idea to PM, premiers

Premier John Horgan said he’s horrified by the death of George Floyd in the United States

Fraser Valley dad rescues two young daughters after truck plunges into lake

“I used every single one of my angels that day,” said Dennis Saulnier

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

COVID claims 23rd Langley Lodge patient, making it the deadliest outbreak in B.C.

Coronavirus kills another senior at Langley care home, bringing B.C. total to 166

Family of dead B.C. football star urge changes to mental health policies in hospitals

Uko family disappointed in actions of Regina hospital, hosting public funeral service this weekend

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

Most Read