Unbeaten record not enough for Best

The Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils senior boys soccer team didn’t lose a game at last week’s AAA provincials at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. But a pair of draws in group play cost them the opportunity to defend the provincial title they won in 2017.

The Blue Devils, who went into the provincials as the sixth seed from the competitive Fraser Valley region, won their opening match at last week's 16-team tournament, 4-0 over Sentinel. But successive draws against Kitsilano and Panorama Ridge relegated them to second place in their group and out of the running for a crack at the championship. They went on to defeat Oak Bay, 4-1, and Burnaby Mountain, 3-0, in the playoff rounds to finish the tournament in fifth place.

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The Terry Fox Ravens, who won the divisional title and finished second in the Fraser Valleys, were seventh at the provincials after they defeated Oak Bay 2-0 in their placement match. The Ravens lost matches to Vancouver College, the eventual champions, and Burnaby Mountain.

The Heritage Woods Kodiaks placed 10th when they lost their placement match to Richmond’s McMath secondary, 3-2 in penalty kicks.

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