The Surrey United soccer club was all but perfect in its first weekend of home games in B.C. Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) play last weekend at Cloverdale Athletic Park.
Five boys teams and five girls teams were in action over the two days, winning eight games and tying the other two. All but one game was against opposition from Thompson Okanagan FC.
United is one of eight clubs chosen to be members of the BCSPL in its first season. The teams are playing a short season this fall, prior to the league kicking off its first full schedule in March.
Surrey won 3-0 in the under-13 boys game. Karan Kular scored from 25 yards out to open the scoring, then Brendan Skinner found the net from the same spot in the 52nd minute. Brandon Canuel headed home a corner kick to complete the scoring. Surrey is 2-0-1 (won-tied-lost), in a fourt-way tie for first place.
In boys under-14 play, United cruised to an easy 5-0 victory. Wyatt Gilbert and Felipe Vieira each had a pair of goals, and Dylan Reehal added a single as United evened its record to 1-1-1, tied for fourth place.
The under-15 boys team took over sole possesion of first place with a 3-1 victory. Kerman Pannu and Cole Basarich had the home side up 2-0 before the game was a half-hour old. Thompson got to within one with a goal from the penalty spot, but Manraj Bains added an insurance tally, also on a penalty.
Jeevin Kand was a standout in the Surrey midfield.
United is 2-1-0, and has a two-point lead atop the standings.
Thompson Okanagan needed just three minutes to take the lead in the under-16 boys game, and dominated play in the first 30 minutes.
But Bavi Dhaliwal scored on a pass from Connor Hildebrandt to tie the game before half time.
Kyle Sohi passed to Rojan Bozaorgzadeeh for the winning goal two minutes into the second half. Hildebrandt and Dilpreet Brar added insurance goals.
Surrey has won all three of its games this season, and is tied for first place in the boys under-16 group with Mountain United FC of Burnaby.
After tying their first two games, Surrey moved into third place in the boys under-17 standings with a 2-1 win over Mountain FC.
Down 1-0 after Mountain scored in the 56th minute, United got the win when Josh Brown headed home a pass from Connor Riley to tie the contest, then set up Sean Northcote for the winner.
Playing with a short roster, United edged Thompson Okanagan 2-1 in the boys under-18 game. Connor Prentice opened the scoring for Surrey just four minutes into the game, then broke a 1-1 tie with his second of the game in the 66th minute. United is 2-0-1, and in a three-way tie for second place.
United and Thompson Okanagan played to a 1-1 tie in girls under-13 play, with Kacee Ougden scoring the Surrey goal. Bayley Wachsmuth was a standout in the United goal, and Sarah Parker played an excellent game on defence. Surrey is 1-1-1, and in fifth place.
The United under-15 girls team posted an easy 5-0 victory. Jenna Baxter netted a hat trick, Sam Donald and Harmen Billen also scored, with Alanna Carmichael and Savannah Williams sharing the shutout.
United has won both games it has played in the under-15 girls division.
United and Thompson Okanagan played to a 1-1 tie in under-16 girls play. Chelsea Harkins put Surrey ahead in the 77th minute, but the visitors got a tying goal from the penalty spot in injury time.
United took advantage of a late goal in the girls under-18 game, and won 1-0. Carina Lauzon scored the winner, after the Thompson Okanagan goalie couldn’t handle a header from Jesse Holowaty.