SPORTS BRIEFS: Soccer game turns ugly in Van
The Vancouver Police Department is investigating after a dust-up during a soccer match led to a Coquitlam man being sent to hospital with missing teeth and a broken jaw.
Mohammad Mehradi, a coach of the Port Moody Metro Athletic club, said he was struck in the face by a member of the opposing team, the Vancouver Harps n’ Roos.
Vancouver Police Department Const. Brian Montague said police are investigating the incident and that a suspect has been identified.
He added that while pushing and shoving are commonplace in amateur athletics, he has not seen an incident that has led to a police investigation.
“Certainly, sporting events can get heated,” he said. “But to get to a point where the police have to get involved is pretty rare.”
Port Moody taekwondo athlete Riley Arnold took home a silver medal in the black belt division at the Canadian National Taekwondo Championships last week.
The 16-year-old fought some of Canada’s top athletes in seven matches taking him all the way to the finals, where he fell short, earning second place.
Arnold, who is a Grade 11 student at Heritage Woods secondary, has set his sights on earning a spot on the Canadian national team and will compete at the U.S. open next month. He is also planning to attend two European opens later this spring, which could qualify him to compete at the 2013 World Championships.
Two goals from Brianne Wager helped the Port Moody Nitro defeated Surrey’s CCBFC Extreme 2-1 last weekend in under-18 division one soccer.
Wager helped her team to a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the first half, before scoring a second goal off a feed from teammate Ally Mandley with 15 minutes left in the match.
The Port Moody defence, anchored by Chelsea Reed and Lindsay Kirck, was able to hold the Surrey team to just one goal and only a few good chances.
Surrey’s lone goal came late in the game, but the visiting club was unable to find the equalizer. In the end, Port Moody won the match 2-1.