An impressive debut season in Division Two of the Fraser Valley Soccer League now includes a deep cup run for a local senior men’s soccer team.
Ladner F.C. will host Surrey F.C. Pegasus Royals in the semi-finals of the FVSL’s President’s Cup. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Sunday at Dugald Morrison Park.
The winner will move onto the FVSL Cup Finals Day, slated for March 18 in Mission.
The President’s Cup began with a 67-team draw from Divisions 2 to 4.
Ladner’s road to the final four started with a 5-1 win over Division 3 frontrunners Port Coquitlam Rockets, then a 2-1 decision in penalty kicks against Westside.
Ladner then came through with a 3-1 quarter-final triumph over Mission SC “B.” Cam Dhaliwal scored twice and Bryce Connors also found the back of the net.
Pegasus is an academy team that is a division rival. The teams’ split their regular season meetings with Ladner coming through with a 4-3 victory on home turf back in November and Surrey answering with a 2-0 triumph at its park.
The President’s Cup is one of two possible routes for Ladner to advance to this spring’s B.C. Soccer’s Keith Miller Provincial “B” Cup playdowns. The FVSL receives four berths, including the President’s Cup winner. The others go to the top two finishers in the Division 2 Group “A” and Group “B”
With two matches remaining, Ladner currently sits fourth in the table with a 10-2-4 record, two points back of second place Surrey United B (11-2-2). The two sides are slated to meet later this month. Surrey does enjoy a game in hand.
Ladner did make a deep cup run back in 2016, losing a semi-final in injury time. The club earned promotion to Division 2 last season.