Surrey Pegasus FC wins BC Cup provincial men's title

Surrey Pegasus are on the hunt for a second national title after winning the 2016 BC Soccer men's provincial title in Langford, BC. The former champions won 2:1 over Coquitlam Metro Ford SC Wolves in the 14 May British Columbia final, clinching their province's spot at the Sport Chek National Championships from 5-10 October in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.

Surrey's journey to St. John's will mark their third trip to the National Championships and the Challenge Trophy finals, having won gold at Charlottetown in 2004 and then silver at Brossard in 2011. Surrey Pegasus lost 0:2 to Saskatoon HUSA Alumni in the 2011 national final, with 10 members from that Surrey Pegasus team still active in 2016.

"All year, our goal was to win this and get back to the National Championships," said Paul Bahia, the 32-year old player-coach with Surrey Pegasus FC.

In the BC Cup final, Coquitlam opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Carlo Basso moved down the left side and fed Lucas Krivak for the opener. That 1-0 lead held up for just about an hour until Chetan "C.J." Jhooty scored his first of two after a wonderful give-and-go with teammate Javid Khan.

The play actually started with some tricky footwork by left back Jacob Lensky. Jhooty then moved the ball up the midfield, played the ball off Khan, and scored the 69th minute equaliser.

Just over 10 minutes later, Jhooty scored the winner on a penalty.

Despite trailing for much of the final, Surrey Pegasus never wavered. Said coach Bahia, "it was a team victory: that is what we have always preached (because) that's what it takes to win a championship."

In the BC Cup final, the Surrey Pegasus FC starting XI featured Andy Singh in goal, Brendan Campbell at right back, Gurjit Dhaliwal and Diaz Kambere at centre back, Jacob Lensky at left back, Adam Costley, Reynold Stewart, and Chetan Jhooty in the midfield, Mark Baldisimo and Javid Khan on the wings, and Jag Gill up front.

Surrey's lineup also featured Bahia, Amar Dhinsa, Yassin Essa, Shabaz Khattra, Nicholas Pineda Graham, David Samra, and Jasdeep Toor. Unavailable were Jag Sajan (whose wife was having a baby) and Azad Palani (who recently suffered an injury).

On the journey to St. John's, Surrey Pegasus FC won 5:1 over Comox FC in the round of 16, then 5:0 over Nanaimo United in the provincial quarter finals, and then 1:0 over Pacific United in the provincial semi finals.

At St. John's 2016, Surrey Pegasus FC will open against Yellowknife FC on 5 October and then face the Québec representatives on 7 October. Two teams from the group will advance to the 8 October quarter finals, followed by the 9 October semi finals and the 10 October Teck Finals.

Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships have served as our nation’s premier amateur competition for more than 100 years, with the men’s competition inaugurated in 1913 and the women’s competition inaugurated in 1982. At all age levels, the Sport Check National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship (since 2015) and the Amway Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs (since 2008).