April 15, 2013, Vancouver BC (ISN) – Action began on Friday night as the first round of the 2013 Adult Provincial Cup kicked off this past weekend.
After several upsets, some impressive displays by traditional powerhouses, and three games that went to Penalty Kicks, we take a look back at a thrilling opening round.
There will not be any repeats in the Master’s Division as the champions from the last two years; West Van FC (Vancouver Metro Soccer League – VMSL) and Westside FC (VMSL) were both eliminated in the opening round. Finalists a year ago, West Van FC hosted Coastal FC Peace Arch (Fraser Valley Soccer League – FVSL) at Ambleside, but were shocked by the visitors, 3 -1. Meanwhile 2012 champions, Westside FC had to travel to Powell River to the play the PR Villa (Vancouver Island Soccer League – VISL) for a tough road game. After 120 minutes, it was still deadlocked at 1 apiece; but the home side sent the fans home happy with an exciting win after penalty kicks. The top seeded team from the VISL, the Gorge FC Backfit, were eliminated by Columbus FC 3-0, while the top seeded team from the North Shore Coaches league (NSCL), Roma FC, were also eliminated at home by PCOV (VMSL).
In the Men’s A Cup the defending champion Surrey United Firefighters took the first step towards making it back to the finals with 1-0 road win as they travelled to the island to face the top seeded VISL team, Saanich Fusion. The VISL had strong showings otherwise as Bays United knocked off the Metro-Ford Wolves (VMSL) and Cowichan edged out the Port Moody Lordco Gunners (FVSL) 1 – 0. In another upset, the 2011 champions ICST Pegasus took a 2-0 lead into the second half but were eliminated 3-2 by a late comeback from Estrella de Chile (VMSL).
In Women’s A Cup action the Victoria Athletics (Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association – LIWSA) are moving on after beating the Saanich Fusion (LIWSA), 2 – 0. The Athletics now face their biggest test as they travel to the mainland next weekend to take on the nine (9) time defending champions, Surrey United (Metro Women’s Soccer League – MWSL). In other action, Columbus FC (MWSL) are looking primed to make it back to the finals and rode their strong defensive play to a 1-0 win over rivals Westside FC (MWSL).
In the Men’s U21 division, the top seeded North Coquitlam United (FVSL) were shocked by Guildford FC (VMSL) who pulled out a 1-0 win after extra time. All of the other seeded teams in Men’s U21 will be moving on as the Metro-Ford Jr Wolves (VMSL), the Mid Island Highlanders (VISL) and the PMSC Lordco Gunners (FVSL) were all winners on the day. Newcomers to Provincials, Estrella de Chile (VMSL) continued the clubs strong showing in provincials with a 3-2 win over Rino’s Vancouver (VMSL).
In the Keith Millar Men’s B Cup, the Richmond All Blacks (Richmond Senior Soccer League – RSSL) were victorious 3-0 in a classic Richmond derby against the Richmond Athletics (RSSL). The All Blacks move on to face last year’s finalists the Surrey FC Coyotes (FVSL) who beat out the other Richmond club, FC DSBH Kelevra, 4-0. Both Burnaby Men’s league clubs will be going home early this year as the Burnaby Hotspur FC (Burnaby Men’s Soccer Association – BMSA) lost at home to the Port Moody SC Blues (FVSL) 2-1, and the South Burnaby Fighting Irish (BMSA) travelled to the island and lost 2-0 to the Comox Valley United (VISL).
Finally in the Leeta Sokalski Women’s B Cup, last year’s U21 Champions Dasmesh (MWSL) United hosted Prospect Lake SC (LIWSA) and the visitors went back to the island with a 2-0 win and a spot in the next round against the Magnuson Mariners (MWSL). In a match up in Campbell River, the Mid Island Outlaws (MIWSL), the only entry from the Mid Island Women’s Soccer League are on to the next round after a 5-4 win in penalty kicks over the visiting RGSA Red Devils (MWSL).
In the Men’s A Cup, the matchup between the Westcoast FC Selects (FVSL) and the Vancouver Thunderbirds (PCSL) will be replayed this week after the match was abandoned after the park’s lights were shut off deep into overtime.
The next round of Cup games will take place across the Province commencing on April 19/20/21, in a single knockout competition. This culminates at Westhills Stadium and Goudy field in Victoria BC as all 8 categories will have the finals on May 11th hosted by the Vancouver Island Soccer League and the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association.
In the Men’s and Women’s Premier (A) Cup divisions, teams will not only strive for Provincial Cup glory, but they will also go on to the Club National Championships in Halifax Nova Scotia from October 9-14th. While the Masters and Classics champions will move on to the Western Championships in Quebec and Saskatchewan respectively.