Surrey United Weekly Round-Up
By Marion F Dent Press Correspondent
October 4th & 5th
Boys U/13 Intake
Surrey United’s U-13 Boys Intake team brought forth their ‘A’ game to their home field at Cloverdale Athletic Park against Fraser Valley on Saturday. Surrey United demonstrated their ability to maneuver and out work their competition this weekend by taking possession early on and within the first five minutes of play Malachi Emerson placed a well struck ball mere inches above its target striking the crossbar. Only seven minutes into the match, an unfortunate series of headers and a high kick resulted in a red card for Surrey. Despite being a man short on the field, Surrey established clear possession of play and created multiple scoring opportunities before a well-earned goal was scored by Eric Brooke in the 17th minute of play. Fraser Valley’s scoring opportunities were limited by the strength and speed of Surrey’s defensive line; however, they managed to place two balls in the net. Their first was scored in the 23rd minute and the other, a well-placed free kick just under the crossbar, in the 34th minute, ending the first half with Surrey trailing by one.
The second half was met by Surrey’s tenacity and persistence in positive ball movement. Surrey continued to create further scoring opportunities including a fantastic maneuver by Brandon Torresan; demonstrating both quality and control, but placing the ball just wide of its target.
Despite being shorthanded for 63 minutes and a goal down, Surrey never faltered in their passion, possession, or pragmatic approach to the game. Although they lost the match, Surrey was clearly the stronger team, having sustained possession for the majority of the game. Both coaches for Surrey United expressed their pride in their players and the exemplary skill they displayed. United’s players can be very pleased with their contributions in this match and should take this forward into their next tough test against Coastal in Week 6.
Surrey United was looking to start a winning streak as they prepared to play Fusion FC. After a draw in their last meeting, both teams stepped onto the pitch hungry for a win and eager to overcome the other in the standings. Only minutes into the game, the Surrey produced a nice passing combination at the top of the box that had their opponents in panic mode. Shawn Prasad got into the penalty area and a reckless tackle resulted in a PK for Surrey. Nav Purewal confidently stepped up and slotted the ball into the corner of the net to put the home side ahead 1-0. It wasn’t long before Surrey struck again. Jacob Sol collected the ball near mid field and sprinted down the sideline, slipping through and outpacing the defenders before lofting it over the keeper, off the back post and in for a 2-0 lead. Not slowing down, United built their way into Fusion’s eighteen only to have Simon Colyn brought down for another PK. Once again, Purewal slotted it home for his second of the game to make it 3-0 for Surrey.
Fusion put themselves on the board less than a minute into the second half, burying a rebound to make it 3-1. As United clutched to their two goal lead, the opposition’s desperation began to show. There were fouls all over the field and Fusion was shown a couple of cards but the game was far from over yet. With ten minutes left to play, the visitors were able find the back of the net once more on a long cross to the back post where a Fusion player had been left completely unmarked. He headed it well into the gaping net to make it a one-goal game. Just as Fusion thought they might be able to get something out of this game, Carson Sayers picked up a loose ball at the top of the area and placed it well through traffic. The 4-2 victory improves Surrey’s record to 2-1-1.
The Surrey United U14 Boys faced a determined Fusion team who were looking to improve on their last performance against Surrey. Surrey controlled the game from the early moments, with several quality chances but it wasn’t until the 10th minute when Patrick Noda found the back of the net with a nicely placed shot to open the scoring for Surrey. The half ended 1-0 for Surrey, who had dominated the half with excellent teamwork and great defensive play by Matt Hobson and Gaven Samra. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Matthew Brown slotted home Surrey’s second goal off a Matej Grgic through ball. Surrey continued to press, while Fusion tried to counter, until the 65th minute when Rakhim Ali was quickest to react on a rebound in the box which he placed in the bottom corner of the net. Keeper Joben Mander kept a clean sheet for his second straight game to keep the final at 3-0 in a well-deserved win for Surrey.
Surrey’s U15 Boys went back to the top of the league with a great 3-0 win over Fusion FC. Surrey was relentless in attack and looked dangerous on the left with Karan Kular and Aaron Maluma combining well. Surrey took the lead when Kular cut in from the left and finished off with a powerful strike. Tre Spedding made it two with a neat finish from 12 yards when he slotted one past the keeper. Surrey continued their strong play in the second half, with Nick Fussell and Noah DaSilva dominating the midfield and causing havoc with their interplay and sharp passing. Spedding raced clear on a great through ball but shot just wide. Surrey increased the lead to 3 when a great passing sequence ended with Kular rounding the goal keeper and finishing off the scoring for the day. A great win with some great individual performances.
Surrey United once again turned around a 1-0 deficit in an impressing win against Coastal on Sunday. Despite dominating large parts of the game, Surrey found themselves down a goal after some casual defending midway through the 1st half gave Coastal a 1-0 lead. However, a great left-foot volley from Ryan Donald brought Surrey level just before half time. Goals from the hungry and impressive Mario Stankovic and Manpal Brar added to Surrey’s tally and the game finished 3-1 for Surrey, a fair reflection on the day.
The first of back to back matches against perennial cross-town rival Mountain FC took place this weekend at Ambleside Park. With low roster numbers due to injuries/suspensions, Surrey United brought up several players from the U16 Boys team. The game started slowly for the first 20 minutes with neither team able to develop any sort of passing rhythm. Surrey United stuck to their game plan of out-working their opponent, and slowly started to establish their presence on the game. Their hard work was rewarded in the 32nd minute, when a hard shot on the Mountain goalie forced a small rebound which was quickly pounced upon by Surrey striker Joel Padmore and dispatched into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead taken into half time.
The second half started with a bang as both teams had splendid scoring opportunities within the first 45 seconds of the starting whistle. Three minutes in, Surrey U16 call-up Zachary Verhoven was able to turn his defender on the wing and put in a cross to striker Padmore, who calmly slotted into the corner of the net from 14 yards to pick up his second goal of the game. The speed and physical play of the game ramped up as both teams pressed for goals. Call-up Surrey U16 goalie Jesse March was called upon to make several tough saves to keep Mountain off the board. In the end it was a total team effort as the work ethic of Surrey proved too much for Mountain and the game ended 2-0 for Surrey. The rubber match will be in two weeks time at Cloverdale Athletic Park.
Girls U/13 Intake
The Surrey United U13 Intake girls faced Fraser Valley on a sunny fall afternoon in Cloverdale. Surrey gained control right off the kickoff creating numerous chances on net from Maddy Mah, but SUSC was unable to produce a goal. The game remained scoreless until the 58th minute when Sarah Fewings dribbled past her defender and hit a 25 yard shot, just over the fingertips of Fraser Valley’s keeper. Just five minutes later, Anjali Sandhu slotted in a rebound off the post for the second goal of the game. Surrey continued to pressure the Fraser Valley defense, forcing their keeper to come off her line to make a save. The rebound spilled to the foot of Sophie Campbell, who made no mistake with a left foot chip into the back of the net to make it 3-0. Fraser Valley came back with a few more attacks in the final minutes of the game, catching the Surrey United defenders on their heels, winning a Fraser Valley penalty kick in the 69th minute of play, which they converted for their first goal of the game. This finished off the game at 3-1; a convincing win for Surrey.
On Sunday morning the U13 Girls took on Fusion at Cloverdale Athletic Park. Just like their previous encounter with Fusion a few weeks ago, Surrey started the game slowly. Fusion opened the scoring when a free kick from out wide was whipped in and some poor marking from Surrey left a Fusion attacker wide open, who proceeded to finish into the bottom corner.
The Fusion goal was a wake up call for Surrey who now began to impose themselves on the game. Just before half time Maddie Melnychuk picked up the ball at the half way line, proceeded to beat 4 Fusion players before finishing past the keeper to end a fantastic solo run. The score at half time was tied at 1-1.
The second half the Surrey girls came out and picked up their speed of play and possession. They started to dominate the game and created numerous chances. Melnychuk hit the bar after some good work from Sophia Stevens. With 10 minutes left Surrey thought they had taken the lead when Nikki Virk latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and put the ball in the back of the next. Unfortunately for Surrey, the assistant referee had his flag lined for offside. Surrey was unable to find the final breakthrough goal, and had to settle for a point as the game finished 1-1.
The U14 girls started out well with some organized team shape and the whole Surrey United team looking to attack right away. Although the girls were moving the ball well, they were finding it tough to beat the back line of Fusion and were lacking some creativity moving forward. Once the forwards began to move around a bit more up top and try to pull apart the Fusion back line, they were able to generate a bit more action while challenging the Fusion fullbacks down the flanks. Makenna Dieterich set up multiple opportunities off her crosses for Surrey United to put away, which Surrey capitalized on when Jordyn Huitema found the end of Dieterich’s ball from the right side. Ebony Clarke, Cailin Letkemann and Theresa Hicks were dangerous in the midfield toward the end of the first half and disciplined in their shape to prevent any attack from the opposition. Fusion had a couple of break through chances due to poor shifting on the Surrey defence but was denied by brilliant efforts from Julia Vulcano, the Surrey United goalkeeper. Dieterich set up another goal-scoring opportunity which Huitema got on the end of for her second of the game. The second half became a tougher battle when Fusion found the feet of their striker and managed to split the Surrey United centre backs for their first goal of the game and then scored a second goal shortly after by beating the defender on the right side, catching Surrey’s back line out of shape. Surrey found a way to push through and caught a second wind to change the momentum back in their favor with the help of some fresh legs entering the game. A late tackle for Fusion resulted in a free kick about 25 yards out for Surrey United and it was Letkemann who found the net with a perfectly placed direct kick on frame. With a final push and good work ethic from the Surrey United players, Theresa Hicks put a stamp on the game when she battled hard to win the ball back and, with ease and composure, chip the goalkeeper to make the final score 4-2 for Surrey United.
Surrey United began the game by pressuring Mountain’s back four, which led to a goal just seven minutes into the first half by Isabella Roque. Surrey United continued to dominate possession and created multiple offensive chances but ultimately was held to one goal by Mountain’s goalkeeper. Mountain came close to scoring after a shot from outside of the eighteen but United’s goalkeeper, Abigail Hunt, made a tremendous save and tipped it over the cross-bar. In the second half, Surrey United continued to hold the majority of possession and created several chances. Mackenzie Toop nearly made it 2-nil but her shot went just wide of the goal. The final score was 1-nil for Surrey United.
Girls U17 (1998)
Surrey United 98 began an intense double header weekend playing Fusion FC 97 on Saturday and registered a 2-0 win followed by another 2-0 against Mountain FC 98 on Sunday.
The Saturday game was an extremely physical and scrappy game that remained scoreless until the last 5 minutes of play when SU scored two quick goals. Jade Clarke scored the first, converting a nice cross from Isabella Roque at the far post. Two minutes later, Shenika Arthur sealed the win with a pivoted turn and shot that snuck past the Fusion keeper to give Surrey the 2-0 victory.
Sunday’s game had Surrey meet their rival and the current BC Champs Mountain United FC 98 in their first match since Mountain beat Surrey United 1-0 in semi-final provincial cup play in June. Surrey played with something to prove and took good control of the majority of the first half, both physically and technically. The score remained 0-0 at half time. Surrey scored early in the second half after an incredible effort from Liesanne Musico down the flank had her turn the Mountain defender inside out, and then loft a perfect shot to the far post off the out-stretched hands of the Mountain keeper.
The game continued to be a see-saw battle but once again Surrey United received the benefit of their hard-work. A beautifully placed corner kick from Sonali Dholliwar created havoc in the Mountain six-yard box. A rocketed shot was blocked by a Mountain defender and landed back in the feet of Shenika Arthur who blasted the ball into the Mountain goal to seal the 2-0 win for Surrey. It capped a perfect weekend for the 98 girls, who have worked tirelessly to get back on track after a couple of skewed results.
Girls U17 (1997)
Sunday’s match found Surrey’s 97 Girls away to Mountain in a very tightly contested game, with both sides creating numerous chances. In the first half, both teams had chances to take the lead, but no goals were scored and the teams rested 0-0 at the half. Surrey’s task became very difficult, as they were forced to replace both Raveena Biln and Liv Jillings due to injuries. Surrey tried to adjust, moving Tanis Cuthbert into holding midfield with Holly Tucker, but the opposition took advantage and scored two quick goals in the 52nd and 58th minutes. Surrey’s injury troubles continued as they were then forced to replace Tucker, dropping Gurneet Dhaliwal into the holding position, and then had to bring an injured Biln back into the game when Wilson could not continue. Rallying for her team, Biln scored in the 88th minute to narrow Mountain’s lead. Surrey had additional chances to tie the game, but came up short. The game finished with Mountain winning 2-1 after too many injuries for Surrey, who will gratefully take advantage of next week’s rest.
Player Of The Week: Joel Padmore, U17 Boys for his 2 goals performance in match vs. Mountain United