Surrey United SC win their 13th BC Soccer provincial title
Posted on 14 May 2018 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
With files from Michael McColl
Surrey United SC won their 13th British Columbia provincial title on Mother's Day weekend as they won 2:0 over rivals North Shore GSC Renegades. Samantha Dion scored a first-half brace as Surrey United captured the BC Soccer women's title and qualified for the 2018 Toyota National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals.
Surrey United SC have won 13 of the past 15 provincial titles, including back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018. Surrey United SC were national runners up at last year's Jubilee Trophy finals.
"We were comfortable in the first half, but although we had more bodies than they did, we still seemed tired (in the second half)," said Spiro Pegios. "The heat is a different kind of heat. People underestimate the heat here in British Columbia, but it's draining. The players all look tired, but I did feel good this time. I know what they're capable of (doing). They've had some good matches to get here. I wasn't completely comfortable, but I was comfortable enough to say we should see this one through.
"They're a good team, North Shore, so you can never rule them out."
Surrey United's Alexandra Benes hit the post in the 25th minute before Player of the Match Dion scored in the 33rd and 42nd minutes. Goalkeeper Anna Picarelli kept the clean sheet, with one of her best saves late in added time against the North Shore attack.
"It's become almost a bit of pressure to keep (winning provincial titles) because when you don't do it, you have to analyze why it didn't happen. So right now it feels that we've continued with the trend we've come to expect and the one we always put in front of the players to keep them motivated and keep that momentum going and that legacy going because we're trying to bring younger players in and they have to buy into that. This just helps make that process much easier, so in that regard, I'm pretty happy.
Surrey United’s starting XI featured Anna Picarelli in goal, Courtney Duncan at right back, Chelsey Hannesson and Kristina Klein at centre back, Natalia Fabbro at left back, and Kate Qually, Caitlin Young, Yvamara Rodriguez, Alexandra Benes, Samantha Dion, and Katie Thorlakson from the midfield up through to the attack. Victoria Bacon, Jalen Donaldson, Nicolle Fraser, Carolyn Nellis, Giulia Repole, and Jacqueline Tyer featured as substitutes while Priya Gillian, Monika Fraser, and Sabrina Anderson also dressed as substitutes.
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2018 edition featuring more than 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Surrey, British Columbia; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Laval, Québec. The Toyota 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 and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.
Surrey United SC are x British Columbia champions after winning the 2018 BC provincial final. Samantha Dion scored a Sunday double as Surrey United won 2:0 over North Shore GSC to qualify for the Toyota National Championships. #Saskatoon2018 pic.twitter.com/faxCu7HGqn— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) May 13, 2018