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The U 14 boys Coastal Cup quarter-final game took place Sunday, April 9 at Tyndall Park. It was a must win game for Vancouver in order for them to move on to provincials. The host Saanich Fusion-Prospect Lake team are already entered into the tournament that will take place July 6 – 9 in Surrey for premiere boys and girls ages U13 to U18.
The teams played a close and exciting match, but in the end, Vancouver prevailed by the score of 2-1.
Asked about the quality of the game, Saanich Coach Brett Hyslop said, “Fantastic game. It gave our boys a chance to see the level that they will have to play at, at the provincials, as they will be stepping up from the B-Cup to the A-Cup level.”
The game was a tale of two halves. During the first half, Vancouver dominated – although the entire game was close – Vancouver had an edge in play during the first 25-30 minutes. They worked the ball from the back line through the middle well and gave their striker good opportunities around the 18-yard line. Several shots went high. Vancouver played three up front during the first half.
At approximately the 15-minute mark, Vancouver scored on a partial break from 16-yards out, burying the ball to the right corner.
They scored again at approximately 25 minutes, with a shot from 10 yards out that the Saanich goaltender had in his hands but the ball slipped through – it was a fortunate marker for Vancouver. The half finished with Saanich gaining momentum.
For the second half, Saanich had several excellent chances to score and they finally did midway through as Leo Sanchez scored from the top of the box. They continued to penetrate the box, however, were unlucky not to score a second time.
“It was a close game, we had a ball slip through our goaltender’s hands; it was an unfortunate play. He is a substitute for our regular goaltender, but he played well and got us here. The wind was high for both teams. At the other end, we had a ball on the line, so yes it was a very close game,” shared Hyslop.
“Next for us is preparation for provincials, which is three months away, but this gives us time to prepare for that tournament.”
The Provincial A-Cup in July will take place at Central City Breakers Football Club; the venue is Newton Athletic Park in Surrey.
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