Surrey United Weekly Round-Up
By Marion F Dent Press Correspondent
November 3rd & 4th vs Metro-Ford
The U13 Transition Boys team had a slow start to the game against Coquitlam Metro Ford weekend and went down a goal in the second minute of play, but the team showed really good character by battling back. Aryan Chauhan played a good ball through for Rakhim Ali, who crossed the ball in for Patrick Noda to tie the game. The second goal came off a well-earned penalty shot taken by Rakhim Ali. Surrey led 2-1 at the half. In the second half, the boys kept battling, with a couple great saves by keeper Joben Mander. Matthew Hobson displayed great ball movement through the midfield, making a pass through to find Brennen Slawter for Surrey’s third goal in the 45th minute. Call-upt player Cristian Campagna provided great energy up front and generated a number of turnovers, nearly finding the net on a well-placed free kick late in the game, but the opposing goalie managed to get hand to it to keep it out. United completed the scoring late in the game with a highlight-reel header scored by Aryan Chauhan. A solid performance by the boys to finish the mini-season on a high point.
The U13 boys recorded a 2-0 win over big rivals Metro Ford with a rather lackluster performance. Surrey raced out the blocks with a great pass from Kevein Ramirez to Sinan Zukanovich to slot home with a great finish. Two minutes later United increased their advantage when a great cross from the outstanding Manipal Lidher was met by Evan Chow with a great header. Metro Ford rallied and hit the bar with a good strike and continued to press but could not breakdown the Surrey defence and some good goalkeeping from Dawson Smith. In the second half Metro Ford pushed forward to take the game to Surrey United looked very dangerous on the break with Marcus Cleto leading the line and backed up by the super quick Lidher. Surrey should have made it three when again Lidher raced pass the defence and pulled back a great cross to the edge of the 18 yard box with for once Zukanovich missing the target and blasting his shot over the bar. A good result for the Surrey team who now get a week off to prepare for their league cup-final.
In the final game of the season Surrey United U/14 boys took on a Coquitlam Metro Ford squad who was looking to end their season on a high note. With several injuries and illness throughout the team Surrey United was low on numbers and was forced to play players out of position. United started the game well and controlled the game from the outset dominating possession but were restricted to one good scoring opportunity which they were unable to finish. The game went into the half deadlocked at 0-0. However it wasn’t long into the second half when Felipe Vieira scored following a great flowing move that began in Surreys own end. The goal proved to be the winning marker as although Surrey created several more goal scoring opportunities they were unable to add to their tally.
Surrey United had already clinched the league but a perfect 7-0 season was on the line against the always difficult Coquitlam Metro Ford. CMFSC was content to allow Surrey to keep possession in their own half and their solid defensive approach only gave up a few scoring chances. Coquitlam, looked to score on the counter-attack but could breach Surrey’s back line. Surrey had to remain patient in looking for the winner but Coquitlam’s stifling tactics in the middle of the park was frustrating United. Finally, in the 60th minute United broke the deadlock when they got the ball into the area and chance fell to the leading goal scorer Will Grayson whose shot found its way through traffic and past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. Surrey had little trouble sitting on the lead through the remainder of the match and secured a 1-0 win. With the result the U15 boys finished phase two with a perfect 7-0 record, recording six shutouts and now get ready to take on Fusion FC for the League Cup final, a re-match of the Provincial Cup final.
The U16 boys team was in a tough spot, with fully 7 players either not available, sick, injured or serving a suspension. As a result, 4 U15 BCSPL players and two SGU Metro players were called up to the roster. This would prove to be a tough game as the players had to overcome a disastrous result the previous week, and now face the league leading team CMFSC. The boys were up to the challenge right from the first whistle with United dictating the play and retaining the lion’s share of the possession. Surrey was rewarded in the 20th minute when a great pass from Bavi Dhaliwal found Karn Phagura who made no mistake with his shot to give United the lead. In the second half, player changes seemed to take away some of the Surrey United momentum and Coquitlam found their stride and evened up the possession in the second half. Their efforts were rewarded in the 48th minute on a failed clearing attempt from a nice cross and the game was evened up. Coquitlam was still celebrating their goal when moments later, Josh Tylor carried the ball from center and within reach of goal let loose with a cannon of a shot that surprised the Coquitlam team and once again restored United’s lead. In the dying minutes of the game a defensive lapse Surrey United goalkeeper Lucas Johnson came out to challenge for the ball and a Coquitlam player fell down and was awarded and a penalty shot. Coquitlam made no mistake with the kick and evened the score to end the game. Under the circumstances, United can be well pleased with their effort earning a respectable 2-2 draw.
For their game against Coquitlam Metro Ford the U/12 girls came out ready to play and produced their best effort of the season winning 4-0. After a bit of a scramble at the start they soon found a way to relax and keep possession. For most of the first half the ball was mainly in the opponents half and CMFSC had very few opportunities on our goalkeeper. United’s first goal was off a brilliant effort by Kaylyn Hartmann who dribbled through two players then her powerful shot deflected off one of their defenders and fell at Vanita’s Bhullar’s feet who then clipped over to the far where Bonnie Whitford made a slashing run into the box to finish it one time. The second opportunity was again put away when Cailin Letkemann took a long distance shot that was defended out of the air and an angled run, far post by Sabrina Anderson to finish it off with another one time volley. Going into the second half the girls had a reassuring fire in them that showed they were not finished and they played simple, short passes that built their way up the field and kept them in the other teams defensive end for the majority of the half. The third goal was off a corner kick by Letkemann, and Coquitlam could only clear it to the top of the box Reese Moffatt took a brilliant left footed shot from 20 yards and ripped it into the top corner of the goal. As the score sat at 3-0, Hartmann had a great opportunity where once again dribbled through 3 defenders and took a left footed shot that hit the post and bounced back out. United’s final goal came from some fine determination in the left sided corner by Tavia Jasper who won the ball and fired over a beautiful cross into the box for Makenna Dietrich to finish with a close range volley.
They say that you are only as good as the last game that you play and the U/13 Girls team was outstanding in their last game of the season to win 2-0 against a very solid Metro-Ford team The focus before the game and during warm up was not where it needed to be and reflected in the first five minutes of play as Metro-Ford pressed hard, knocking balls forward, causing our defense and goalkeeper a few anxious moments. However United managed to weather storm and then from that point on dominated the play. Surrey scored half way through the first half, with some beautiful ball movement which set, Mackenzie Toop racing past two defenders down the right flank and whipped over a low cross for Isabella Roque to spectacularly volley home at the front post. The second half resumed the same way that it left off in the first with United driving forward with some beautiful flowing soccer and deservedly increased their lead midway through the frame Toop side-stepped the defender with a dazzling move and calmly slotted the ball passed the keeper. It was a great way to finish the season…a win, and the best game the team has played to date!
Surrey United and Coquitlam Metro-Ford games have historically been hard-tackling and intense affairs. Once again, these two teams did not fail to live up to that billing and honours ended up even with the game ending in a 0-0 tie. Goal scoring chances were at a premium in the first half with the defenders on both teams well in command. The second half carried on in the same fashion with Surrey dominating possession and winning a series of corner-kicks but just not being able to get the finishing touch.
Surrey United and Coquitlam Metro-Ford matched up in a highly entertaining affair that saw United gradually take complete command on their way to recording a 3-0 victory with one of their most impressive displays of the season. United had what looked to be a good goal denied for off-side and then had to wait until the 27th minute before opening the scoring with a brilliant 25yard strike to the top corner from Monpreet Heer. From that point forward, United didn’t look like losing as they attacked relentlessly and shortly before half-time some great work by Gurneet Dhaliwal set-up a chance for Heer at the far post and the striker made no mistake with the finish from close range. United continued to play some eye catching soccer in the second half and it was no surprise when they scored again when Harmen Billen headed home in the 68th minute after Jenna Baxter’s strike had rebounded off the post.
Surrey United’s U/17 Girls team were once again unlucky not to get something from their game against one of the top sides in the division coming out on the wrong end of a 3-2 score-line. United got off to great start when they were awarded an indirect free-kick twelve yards from goal after the Metro-Ford goalkeeper had picked up a back-pass. The ball was tapped to Chelsea Harkins who blasted it into the roof of the net. The goal spurred United on and they increased their lead when Rachel Peckinpaugh sent Harkins racing away on the left and whose excellent cross was steered into the net by Madison Makara. Coquitlam pulled a goal back early in the second half which provided them with the momentum but United still had their fare share of chances. What probably was the turning point of the game came in the 68th minute when a glorious free-kick from Harkins seemed to be going in but hit the cross-bar and bounced clear. Two minutes later Metro-Ford broke clear and scored from close range and was determined to grab a winner which they did with seven minutes remaining in the game. United battled hard in the remaining time but could not grab the equalizer that their overall play deserved.
Surrey United’s player of the week award this week went to U/13 Girls player Mackenzie Toop whose goal and assist helped her team register a comfortable 2-0 victory. Mac receives a $50 Gift Card from our sponsors Soccer City.