The Upper Vancouver Island Storm U18 rep girls’ soccer team edged Surrey Pegasus by a 3-2 score on May 7 in Aldergrove to capture the Coastal Cup. (Photo submitted)

U18 rep girls’ soccer team captures Coastal Cup

The Upper Vancouver Island Storm U18 rep girls’ soccer team defeated Surrey Pegasus 3-2

The Island champions have claimed the coastal championship, too.

The Upper Vancouver Island Storm U18 rep girls’ soccer team won the Coastal Cup championship earlier this month in Aldergrove.

The Storm edged Surrey Pegasus by a 3-2 score on May 7 to capture the cup, the second-most sought-after title in rep soccer next to the provincial championship.

“It means a lot. It puts us on the map, so to speak,” said John Lee, the team’s coach.

Upper Island opened the scoring in the Coastal Cup final as Jessica Ory headed one in about 10 minutes into the game, but Pegasus tied it up by halftime.

“It was a bit of a scrambly game in the first half, both sides were a little bit nervous and both sides, nobody really held possession too long,” Lee said.

In the second half, the Storm moved the ball around better and were rewarded as Ory restored her team’s lead, running in from the right side and slotting the ball into the top corner. With about 15 minutes left, Alex Shaw finished off a “nice combination play,” the coach said, with another top-corner marker.

Surrey narrowed the gap to one soon after, but couldn’t get any closer.

“We were bringing the ball out of the corner, protecting the lead. We really started passing the ball around well and you could see by the end of the game that the other team had tired right out,” Lee said.

The Storm will take things easy for the next few weeks as they are dealing with some injuries and some players are also involved in high school soccer. B.C. Soccer’s youth provincial A cup championships will be held July 6-9 in Surrey.

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