Semi Supra finish second at Westerns

Supra fall one goal short of gold medal

After a second-place finish at last year’s Women’s Western Classic Finals, members of the Semiahmoo Supra were primed and ready to improve upon that placing in 2011.

But on Sunday, they fell one goal short, again settling for second place. And while most clubs would be thrilled to finish in the silver-medal position at a tournament that includes top over-35 teams from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, the result stung for members of the Supra.

“It was harder this time – torturous really,” said Supra’s Nik Jillings. “To miss by one goal… it just sucks.”

Supra won twice and tied once in the weekend event, which was held at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park, but the tournament was a total-goals format, and Semiahmoo fell one-goal shy of Alberta in the race for first place.

Semiahmoo beat Quebec 4-1, and followed with a 3-1 victory over Ontario before wrapping things up with a 0-0 draw against the eventual champs from Alberta.

The Ontario contest was the one that, looking back on it, caused Jillings and her teammates the most grief.

“It was a good win, 3-1, but really, it should have been about 7-1, and that ended up costing us. I’ve never seen a team hit so many posts, so many crossbars – so many close ones,” she said.

“We’re just a little disappointed, and it was difficult to take because we all felt we should’ve walked away with the gold medal.

“We even heard from other teams who said we were the best team there.”

A victory for Supra, the B.C. representatives after winning provincials in May, would have ensured a clean sweep for the host province, as B.C. claimed top spot in the men’s western draw, which was played concurrently.

With Westerns now complete, the Supra will return their attention to their Metro Women’s Soccer League schedule.

So far this year, the over-35 team, which plays in the classics premier division, is undefeated through three games.

They’re off this week for Thanksgiving, but hit the pitch again the following weekend.

“Our team is actually pretty neat. We have a Canadian hall-of-fame player in Silvana Burtini, and we have great coach, (former national women’s team coach) Metro Gerela,” Jillings said.

 

Just Posted

Grieving mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Stay home, cats – only pet dogs are OK to attend ‘Cat Walk’ at Surrey park

Surrey Community Cat Coalition’s second annual fundraiser planned Saturday

White Rock’s Mueller wins World Series of Poker bracelet

Third career WSOP win for former professional hockey player

Surrey high school teacher receives Loran award

First ever to be given to Surrey teacher, district says

ZYTARUK: Canal isn’t Surrey’s first ‘different’ idea

Anyone up for waterskiing in Doug’s Ditch?

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Metro Vancouver’s air quality could be the worst yet this wildfire season

As wildfire season approached, Metro Vancouver experts predict the air will be an issue for many

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Update: Multiple fires along the railway tracks in Pitt Meadows

CP rail has closed tracks while firefighters work

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Most Read

l -->