Blues & Celtic off to cup finals

U18 and U16 boys rep soccer teams also clinch berths in Provincial Cup with Coastal semi-final wins

The U18 Tsawwassen Blues and U16 Ladner Celtic will be taking their soccer seasons all the way to July.

The local boys rep teams have advanced to B.C. Soccer's Coastal "B" Cup final in their respective divisions and, in doing so, also locked up berths for this summer's Les Sinnott Memorial Provincial "B" Cup Championships.

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The Coastal Cup finals are slated April 25-26, while the provincials are July 3-6. Both take place in Richmond.

The Blues scored a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes and that's all they would need in a 2-0 victory over Guildford Force on Sunday night at Winskill Park.

It was Tsawwassen's third straight cup win on home field and the boys will now meet Surrey's Central City Breakers Elite in the championship game.

The Celtic made the most of its trip to Duncan last weekend, scoring twice in the opening half and adding six more in the final 40 minutes for a dominating 8-0 victory over Vancouver Island champions Cowichan Valley Spartans. Ladner will square off with defending U15 provincial champion Westminster United in the final. Meanwhile, a couple of outstanding runs ended in semi-final road losses for the U17 Ladner Vipers and U16 Tsawwassen Blues girls rep teams.

The Vipers saw their two-year reign as Coastal Cup champions end with a 2-1 setback to the Aldergrove Ambush.

The Blues fell 4-2 in overtime to league rival Chilliwack Attack. The game was tied at 2-2 after 80 minutes.

The Coastal "A" Cup Championships for Metro League teams also take place in Richmond next weekend and the Delta Coastal Selects will be well-represented.

The U14 boys Coastal team have continued their outstanding play in the post-season, advancing to the cup final with a 1-0 in penalty kicks over the Surrey F.C. Strikers.

Delta had already a secured a berth in this summer's Provincial "A" Cup championships in Burnaby thanks to winning the league title with a 16-3-3 record.

The team has a strong South Delta contingent with Ladner's Thomas Van Veenendaal and Markus Niebuhr, along with Matthew Porteous, Gavin Swan and goalkeeper Teo Ardanaz of Tsawwassen.

The Selects will face Upper Vancouver Island Riptide in the final.

On the girls' side, the U13 Selects also have a provincial berth locked up thanks to a 11-1-5 run in league play, now they are headed to the cup final too after a 1-0 win over the Coquitlam Metro Fierce.

The girls take on Port Coquitlam in the final.

In U15 play, the upstart Coastal Sting are off to the final after knocking off the Coastal Selects 1-0 in a all-Delta semi-final match-up.

The Sting will face regular season champion Surrey Pegasus in the final.

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