The Delta Coastal 2001 Selects have saved their best for last.
The graduating U18 girls Metro League soccer team is Coastal “A” Cup champions after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the North Shore Renegades on Sunday at Richmond’s Minoru Park. The result also sends Coastal to the Provincial “A” Cup Championships, slated for early July.
The girls finished tied for third in regular season play with a 7-4-4 record in what proved to be a tightly-contested division between five teams that were separated by six points.
Delta opened Coastal playdowns with a 2-0 quarter-final win over Richmond at Dugald Morrison Park then came through with a 2-1 semi-final road win against regular season champion Port Coquitlam Castilians.
That set the stage for the final with Delta and North Shore having split a pair of league games played before the December break.
Coastal got goals from Rachel Kibrai and Kylie Gee Kotanko while goalkeeper Nastia Khotiaintseva Lopez came up with a huge diving stop on a penalty in the late going.
The rest of the roster features: Emily Mackenzie, Izabella Bryant, Jennifer Tinnes, Emily Vanspall, Mackenzie McGahey, Megan Woo, Michaela Estrada. Navi Parmar, Olivia Wickett , Sadie Baird, Samantha Squelch, Sydney Ellis, Taryn Webster, Natasha Knudsen and Rylee Fitzgerald.
The girls are coached by Gord McGahey, Jonathon Bryant and Scott Ellis.
The provincials are slated for July 4-7 and will be in familiar territory for Delta Coastal with all games at South Surrey Athletic Park.