United repeats the double

Surrey club wins men’s, women’s BC soccer championships

United repeats the double

What was once considered a rarity has been accomplished two years in succession by the Surrey United Soccer Club.

Winners in Provincial Cup competition in both the men’s and women’s categories last Saturday in Victoria, United will send both teams to the national championships in Halifax in October.

Surrey United won the women’s title, defeating the North Shore Renegades 1-0 for their 10th consecutive B.C. championship, while the Surrey United Firefighters blanked West Van FC by the same score to win a second straight men’s provincial crown.

“You know it’s an amazing accomplishment really, especially for the men’s team, the competition is very grueling and I think it’s been about 20 years or so since a men’s team has won back-to-back championships,” said Martin Foden, executive director of the Surrey United club. “This was probably the most challenging year for the women considering we were missing three of our top players to injuries and unavailability.

“There is something resounding about 10 years in a row; it’s really amazing at that level of competition.”

Chelsey Hannesson scored the only goal of the game in the Provincial Cup women’s final, finding the net in the first half. Theresa Nuttal earned the shutout in the United goal, turning back the North Shore attack and earning the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

United also scored early in the men’s final, and then hung on for the win. West Van lost a man in the second minute, on a foul in the penalty area. Colin Streckmann converted the penalty, giving the Firefighters the lead on a play that left West Van with just 10 men for the remainder of the game.

United goalie Andy Fink was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, after he recorded a shutout with a performance that included a save off a West Van penalty kick.

Three other local teams also played in provincial finals.

Coastal FC Supra of the Metro Women’s Soccer League’s Classic Gold division won the Women’s Classic (over-35) Provincial Cup final with a 3-0 decision over Gorge FC. Colleen Anderson scored once and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Kerri Hornby and Nancy Heard also tallied for the Surrey-based Supra squad.

 

Guildford United captured the Doug Day Cup in the men’s under-21 category with a 1-0 win over West Van FC. Adam Karrasch got the goal in the 94th minute, and Matthew Knees got the shutout and the game’s MVP award.
North Delta SC Rangers lost 4-0 in the Deryl Hughes (men’s over-35) final to Columbus FC.

Surrey North Delta Leader