Just weeks after winning the Kamloops Cup against teams a year older, the Sea to Sky United under 16 soccer team was back in action this past weekend at Port Moody.
Chad Pereira scored six of the team's seven goals and goalie Jagdeep Tatla added three more shutouts to his credit as the team went on to win the Championship trophy.
Their first game was against the host team of Port Moody, which Sea to Sky won 3-0 on a Pereira hattrick.
The next game was against the Guildford Azores, defending champions at the tournament and the provincial champions from last year. The team went on to win 2-1, with two more goals from Pereira.
Both games were played in temperatures over 30 degrees with just an hour to rest between games.
The following day was hot once again, and Sea to Sky faced off against the Weburn Storm from Burnaby. Both teams had earned berths in the final, but Wesburn was coming in with a 25 game winning streak, and the Kamloops Cup title for a younger but tougher age group.
Wesburn was on the board first, but Pereira tied the game late in the second half. Then Wesburn scored the winning goal on a surprise shot in the last second of the game to take the win.
That set up the final, a rematch against Wesburn. Sea to Sky was first on the board midway through the second half, with Hans Schranz knocking in a corner kick. Wesburn counter-attacked but Sea to Sky United players held them off to win 1-0, handing Wesburn their first loss in 26 games while taking the Championship trophy.
Whistler's Will Robson didn't score any goals in the tournament, but picked up three MVP awards in four tournament games, including the finals.
Members of the team include Chad Pereira, Jatinder Tehara, Jag Tatla, Jotty Sidhu, Taran Bir, Alec McRae, Peter Dunkley and Mitchell Roberts from Squamish; Sam McKoy, Chris Walsh, Hans Schranz, Connor Russell, Kyle Hustins and Harlan Malkowich from Pemberton; Kelly Dan, Kyle Jacobs and Arnold Dan from Mt. Currie, and Will Robson, Harrison Shrimpton and Cam Baker from Whistler.
The previous week at the tournament Sea to Sky United had an unusual chance to play an exhibition game against the Vancouver Women's Whitecaps team, one of the top female teams in Canada.
The Whitecaps dominated possession from the start and were first on the board, but Sea to Sky kept up their attack and goaltender Jag Tatla kept the team in the game with his saves. Cam Baker tied the game at the start of the second half, and set the tone for a number of scoring opportunities for his teammates before he scored once again. That was the last goal in the game, which Sea to Sky took by a 2-1 margin.
The first lost to Wesburn at Port Moody was the team's first loss in close to two months.
Sea to Sky United is coached by Rui Pereira, Dave Robson and Peter Shrimpton.
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