Coastal FC teams begin cup runs this weekend

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A handful of Coastal FC soccer clubs will begin their quest for a BC Coastal Cup ‘B’ championship this weekend, on fields throughout the Lower Mainland.

The Coastal Cup’s Round of 16 hits the pitch both Saturday and Sunday, with 10 Coastal FC sides – six girls’ teams and four boys’ – set to begin play.

On the girls side of the ledger, Coastal FC’s under-13 through under-18 teams will compete.

The U13 team will host the BG (Burnaby) Blaze on Sunday, 5:30 p.m. and South Surrey Athletic Park, while Coastal’s U14s will host the Vancouver Phoenix.

At the U15 level, Coastal will travel to North Vancouver to face the North Shore Riptide. The U16 girls will also be on the road, heading to New Wesminster to play the Royal City Rampage, and the U17s will play at home, Sunday afternoon at South Surrey Athletic Park against the North Shore Vipers.

Rounding out the girls’ schedule are Coastal FC’s U18s, who will head out to the Fraser Valley to square off against the Chilliwack Attack.

In the boys’ division, Coastal will be represented by its U13, U15, U16 and U17 teams.

The youngest Coastal squad will hit the field in Burnaby Lake Saturday, 11 a.m. against South Burnaby United, and the U15s will also be playing away from home Saturday when they head to Jericho Park in Vancouver to take on Vancouver United.

Coastal FC’s U16 side will begin its cup run at Queen’s Park in New West Monday night, when they face Royal City United, while the U17s will play Sunday evening at South Surrey Athletic Park, against the North Vancouver Fury.

The next round of the tournament, quarter-finals, will be held April 5-6, with semifinals scheduled for April 11-13.

The 2014 cup playoffs will wrap up April 26-27, when 22 champions will be crowned.

Each division champ then moves on to represent the coastal region at the provincial cup.

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