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South Delta headed back to provincials for 20th straight season

Thursday's South Fraser championship game will be a rematch of last year's provincial final with Sun Devils taking on McMath
South Delta's Julia Fechter battles for possession during Monday's South Fraser semi-final game against Panorama Ridge on the sun-baked turf at Winskill Park. Fechter was among the goalscorers in a 4-1 win for the hosts, clinching a berth in the upcoming provincials. Mark Booth Photo

The South Delta Sun Devils are heading back to the B.C. AAA Girls Soccer Championships for a remarkable 20th straight season.

The Sun Devils secured their spot in the 16-team tournament, starting May 31 in Kelowna, with a 4-1 victory over Panorama Ridge on Monday in the South Fraser playoffs.

South Delta will now meet Richmond’s McMath Wildcats in the championship game, slated for 2 p.m. on Thursday at South Surrey Athletic Park.

The sweltering conditions on the Winskill Park turf couldn’t slow down the Devils as they jumped out to a 3-1 half-time lead and added an insurance maker in the final half to complete a perfect season on their home field.

The Wildcats advanced with a 3-2 extra time victory over Fleetwood Park, setting up an intriguing South Fraser final.

It was last June, when South Delta pulled out a dramatic extra time win over McMath to capture its second provincial title in school history. The teams also met in last year’s South Fraser final.

The North Delta Huskies’ bid for a provincial berth ended with a 1-0 loss to the North Surrey Spartans. That result came on the heels of a 1-0 defeat to McMath in the quarter-finals.