Surrey United SC win 12th British Columbia title
Posted on 14 May 2017 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Surrey United SC won the 2017 British Columbia women's provincial title with a 1:0 win over rivals North Shore GSC. It marked Surrey United's record 12th title in 14 years and their first provincial title since 2014.
Both Surrey United SC and North Shore GSC have qualified for Canada Soccer's 2017 National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals in Langley, British Columbia. Both BC Soccer teams are pre-drawn into the same group, which means they will face each other on the national stage on 6 October.
In the provincial final, Yvamara Rodriguez scored the lone goal for the champion Surrey United SC team. She scored the winner midway through the first half after taking a pass from Chelsey Hannesson and firing her shot from distance.
Goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis posted the clean sheet and earned Player of the Match honours. Among the highlights, she made a key save on North Shore's star Selenia Iacchelli in the 58th minute.
"We have been able to blend youth with veterans and our veterans took the young players under their wing," said Surrey United SC coach Spiro Pegios. "The young players made their way up through the club. We hope to establish going forward that the young players can keep our legacy going because our team has a great history."
In the provincial final, Surrey United SC's starting XI featured Courtney Duncan at right back, Kristy Klein and Chelsey Hannesson at centre back, Nicole Stewart at left back, Carolyne Nellis, Ari Adams, Kate Qually, and Montana Leonard in the midfield, and Alexandra Benes and Yvamara Rodriguez up front. Coach Spiro Pegios also featured substitutes Brittany Costa, Makenna Dieterich, Nicolle Fraser, Theresa Hicks, and Isabella Roque. Also in the Surrey United SC lineup were Sally Bachmann, Abigail Hunt, Andrea Perrotta, Nicole Stanley, April Coffin (injured), Daniela Hampton (injured), Rachael Pelat (injured), Caitlin Young (injured), and Natalie Fabbro (absent).
North Shore GSC, who also qualified for the National Championships, featured Ariel Anderson (goal), Andrea Standerwick, Brienna Shaw, Jade Palm, Selenia Iacchelli, Rheanne Sleiman, Kirsteen Buchan, Michelle Jang, Kathleen Steele, Teagan Sorokan, and Rachel Harker in their starting lineup.
Canada Soccer’s National Championships are Canada's premier amateur soccer competitions. This year marks the 95th edition of the adult men's competition and 36th edition of the adult women's competition. While the competition has sometimes featured professional or semi-professional teams, since the early 1960s the National Championships have strictly featured amateur teams. Since 2008, the National Championships have been complemented by the Amway Canadian Championship featuring professional clubs
In Canada's 150th year, Canada Soccer will crown their 150th national champions across all adult and professional competitions since 1913. The 2017 competitive season will crown the Futsal Canadian Championship winners in April (Montréal Sporting Outlaws FC), the professional Canadian Championship winners in June, and the amateur National Championships women's Jubilee Trophy and men's Challenge Trophy winners in October.
(With files from Patricia Sibley and BC Soccer)