Soccer showdown in Coquitlam

Blue Devils take on Cents at Fraser Valley playdowns

Round 2 of the Fraser Valley AAA high school girls’ soccer playdowns will be a battle of Coquitlam.

The Centennial Centaurs and the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils are scheduled to take each other on today (Wednesday) as both teams jockey for a berth in the provincial championships.

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Both Coquitlam clubs notched wins on the first day of the tournament Monday, with the Centaurs shutting out Panorama Ridge 1-0 on the road, while Best defeated Clayton Heights 2-1 at home.

Two other Tri-City teams did not get off to a strong start to the playdowns.

Home-field advantage was not enough to propel Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Kodiaks to a win, with the team falling 3-2 to Earl Mariott secondary Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Port Coquitlam’s Riverside Rapids were shutout on the road, falling 3-0 to Elgin Park.

The Kodiaks will play R.E. Mountain secondary in a consolation round today (Wednesday), while the Rapids are scheduled to take on Enver Creek.

All of the teams competing in the Fraser Valley playdowns are looking to punch their ticket to the provincial championships, which will take place between June 2 and June 4. 

The Blue Devils are looking to defend their B.C. title after winning the provincial tournament in 2015. The club is so far undefeated this year, having gone 6-0 during regular season play with a 22-5 goal differential.

Last season, the team took down Fleetwood secondary in overtime to clinch the provincial title. The championship win wrapped up another undefeated season for the Blue Devils.

 

PREDATOR POWER

The Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC Predators are heading to the under-16 girls’ provincials in Penticton this summer.

The team locked up their berth after taking down the VUFC Thunder last week, shutting out the Vancouver club 2-0. 

Midfielder Vanessa Bavaro opened up the scoring for the Preds in the first half, while outside midfielder Marisa Lenarduzzi added the insurance marker in the second half. Meanwhile, Coquitlam keeper Morgan Peltier turned away all of the shots she faced in net.

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