Sonics finish 12th in soccer playdowns

The Seaton Sonics finished 12th in the B.C. Senior AA Boys Soccer Championships in Burnaby

The Seaton Sonics finished 12th at the B.C. Senior AA Boys Soccer Championships in Burnaby, falling 1-0 to the Notre Dame Jugglers of Vancouver.

After splitting their Monday preliminary games, the Sonics lost 3-0 to the North Delta Huskies Tuesday morning. The Huskies ended up seventh in the 16-team playdowns.

In crossover playoff action Tuesday afternoon, the Sonics lost 3-0 to the Hugh McRoberts Strikers of Richmond in horrible weather conditions.

Seaton carried the play in the second half against Notre Dame, hitting a cross bar and narrowly missing conversions on two other chances, but a penalty kick narrowly converted past outstretched goalkeeper Logan Quibell after a 50-50 tackle on the edge of the box, was the winner.

“I am very proud of these boys,” said Seaton head coach Michel Amoua.

“Winning the Okanagan Valley championships and qualifying for the provincials for two consecutive years is a great accomplishment. We were young this year with only two Grade 12s on our roster. We will miss Kazuki Comley and Kenzel Aarts-Roman next year – they had great contributions to our program over the past two seasons and have been strong leaders. Our future remains bright with many strong returning players for next season.”

Sonic captain and central fullback Kenzel Aarts-Roman was named to the Commissioner’s 16 (all-star team).

Seaton grounded the Dawson Creek Penguins 3-0 before falling 4-0 to St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints of North Vancouver in Monday action.

The Sonics controlled early play against Dawson Creek with the Penguins’ only chance coming when a forward ran on to a through ball but was thwarted by defender Carlos Noranjo.

At nine minutes, a low cross by Liam Glennon was converted by left winger Cole Grevatt into an empty net with a hard right foot. Chances by Comley, Chris McIntosh, Cole Grevatt and William Oordt-Bosman just missed the net. Javier Monsreql was stopped by the Penguin keeper on a low 15-yard blast.

Glennon was stopped on a rush up the right flank with a low corker to the short side. Glennon then chipped a goal kick by Sonic keeper Jose Hinojosa past the defensive line just past half and deked the keeper for insurance.

Jack Cotter knocked a 25-yard shot off the crossbar after a tip by the leaping Dawson Creek keeper before McIntosh made it 3-0 on a great individual effort after beating two defenders and hitting a low drive off the inside of the short-side post from the right side of the box.

In Game 2, St. Thomas Aquinas, who bagged a bronze medal, connected in the eighth minute on a cross to the middle. The Aquinas midfielder was given a lot of time and space to control a hard cross, compose himself and hit a clean ball past a diving Hinojosa.

Jose delivered two saves over the crossbar before the Fighting Saints went ahead 2-0 on a very athletic play which saw a lunging left winger hit another cross hard into the ground and over Hinojosa.

Seaton battled back late in the half with two corners that were punched out of danger by the strong Aquinas keeper.

“The second half was even in play with us making a much more balanced attack, but some mental errors against a very aggressive Aquinas front line in the first 15 minutes led to two quick goals that were too much to come back from. Credit to the opposition – they are a strong team.” said Amoua.

The Langley Fundamental Titans toppled the St. Michael’s University School Mustangs of Victoria 3-1 in the final.

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