The L.A. Matheson senior boys soccer team. (Submitted photo)

The L.A. Matheson senior boys soccer team. (Submitted photo)

Four Surrey teams crack top eight in high school soccer provincials

Panorama Ridge finished second overall in the tournament

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about boys or girls. Surrey’s soccer dominance is evident everywhere.

Last month, multiple Surrey players were given national recognition for their soccer brilliance.

The city is also showing its dominance at the high school level as well.

B.C. AAA soccer provincials kicked off on Thursday in Burnaby, with Panorama Ridge, Fleetwood Park, L.A. Matheson and Enver Creek all representing our city in the round of 16.

All teams boosted the city’s reputation for soccer even further by grabbing four of the top eight spots in the tournament.

Panorama Ridge and L.A. Matheson ended up in an intense battle on Friday, one that would decide who would face off against perennial soccer powerhouse, Dr. Charles Best Secondary, in the final.

It was Panorama Ridge who earned their place in the final with a 3-0 victory over L.A. Matheson.

In the final however, Dr. Charles Best retained their dominance, beating Panorama Ridge 2-1.

L.A. Matheson ended up playing for third place, but they bowed out 2-0 to Reynolds Secondary from Victoria.

After their Cinderella season, perhaps it was fitting that L.A. Matheson was awarded the Fair Play award after the provincials wrapped up. The award was handed out by the referees to the team that best exemplifies sportsmanship on the field.

Surrey ended up with three teams in the top five after Fleetwood Park ended up fifth overall. They beat 3-2 Oak Bay Secondary on penalty kicks in a thrilling comeback win.

“We were down 2-0 at half-time,” said Uppal. “Our guys could have packed it up at that point, but they battled back and played hard.

Fleetwood Park goalie Karndeep Sahota was also named the tournament’s best keeper.

The format of the tournament put Fleetwood Park in a tough division with the defending champions from Reynolds Secondary. After tieing them in the round robin, Reynolds beat them in their division based on goal differential.

That result meant that Fleetwood Park could finish no higher than fifth overall. Uppal was thrilled with his team’s overall performance over the weekend.

“Man, did our boys compete,” said Uppal. “At the end of the day, we can’t fault ourselves [for the result]. We did everything right out there.”

It was a solid performance from Fleetwood Park across the entire soccer season. They lost one of only 18 games the senior boys played.

“It’s the best team that we’ve had from the boys’ side, absolutely,” said Uppal.

Not to be forgotten was Enver Creek, who finished eighth overall after losing to Kitsilano 3-1 in the game for seventh overall.



trevor.beggs@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Trevor on Twitter

Fleetwood ParkHigh school sportsL.A. MathesonSoccer provincials

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Judy and Ken Reid share a smile at Peace Arch Hospital in 2018. Judy raised concerns last month about how the COVID-19 vaccine would be rolled out. Now, she says no one is telling residents or families when they will start to see restrictions ease. (Contributed photo)
Timeline for reduced restrictions in long-term care a concern for spouse of South Surrey senior

‘We’re not yet at that point,’ says provincial health officer

Gurinder Mann. (Submitted photo)
Surrey man receives prestigious restorative justice award

East Newton resident Gurinder Mann one of five to receive a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award

TEASE PHOTO: Teens at the Bumpers dance club in Whalley in the 1980s, in a photo posted to the "Bumpers / The Zone OFFICIAL Party Page" on Facebook.com.
SURREY NOW & THEN: Bumpers and other teen dance clubs were big in the 1980s

A weekly look back at Surrey-area landmark sites and events

Delta View Care Centre (Google Street View image)
COVID-19 outbreak over at Delta long-term care facility, says Fraser Health

Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre outbreak first declared on Nov. 1, 2020

Johnston Heights Secondary in Surrey. (Image: Google Street View)
Surrey school district getting second International Baccalaureate diploma program

New program to start at Johnston Heights in September

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 is International Lego Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 24 to 30

Lego Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Puzzle Day are all coming up this week

Economic Development and Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly responds to a question in the House of Commons Monday November 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Federal minister touts need for new B.C. economic development agency

Last December’s federal economic update promised a stimulus package of about $100 billion this year

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

King conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews

Kimberly Proctor, 18, was murdered in 2010. Her family has spent many of the years since pushing for a law in her honour, that they say would help to prevent similar tragedies. (Courtesy of Jo-Anne Landolt)
Proposed law honouring murdered B.C. teen at a standstill, lacks government support

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has concerns with involuntary detainment portion of act

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Coroners Service is currently investigating a death at Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Drowning death in North Saanich likely B.C.’s first in for 2021

Investigation into suspected drowning Monday night continues

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Bernie Sanders makes guest appearance municipal staff meeting in B.C.

Vancouver Island firefighters jump on viral trend of photoshopped U.S. senator

Most Read