Surrey United advances to League Cup final

Surrey United is cranking up the offence at just the right time.

The 10-time provincial champions extended their winning streak to six games with a convincing 5-0 road win over the North Shore Renegades in League Cup knockout play Sunday. Surrey has outscored their opponents 24-2 during the streak, and 9-2 in their last two matches.

“We’ve been filling the net pretty good the last few games,” said United manager Albert Stewart. “We’re playing really well and we have the added bonus of players on the sidelines for substitution too. That’s huge for us right now because we haven’t had it all season. We played so many games this year shorthanded with no subs and now when we have three or four players available on the side, it makes all the difference in the world.”

Against North Shore, the Cloverdale women scored early and often, building a 3-0 halftime lead and then cruising to the win.

Katie Thorlakson, Ally Benes and Caitlin Young each tallied once in the opening 45 minutes before Eva Caldieri and Nicole Stewart closed out the win with second-half markers.

Surrey currently trails North Shore by a single point in the Metro Women’s Soccer League standings, but has one game in hand. Unfortunately, the untimely snow days earlier this month is putting the squeeze on teams to complete their schedule in time for the beginning of the Provincial Cup tourney next month.

Surrey has four games remaining, plus the League Cup final on March 30 against Richmond in Burnaby.

Albert Stewart said the uncertainty surrounding the schedule made Sunday’s win over North Shore even more important.

“It was an important game for us because we are really close with them in the standings,” he said. “If North Shore takes first place in the league, then they get the top seed for the Provincial Cup. Whoever wins the League Cup gets the second seed so if we can get either the league title or the at least the League Cup, it positions us well for the Provincial Cup.”

United can put pressure on North Shore with a league win Sunday (March 23) against Fraser Valley. Game time is 10 a.m. at Cloverdale Athletic Park.

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