Langley soccer players united with their friends from Surrey, to help them win B.C. titles over the Canada Day long weekend.
At the BC Soccer Premier League Championships last weekend in Richmond, 18 Langley United Youth Soccer Association (LUYSA) players joined a trio of Surrey United Premier League teams that won provincial championships in the U14, U15, and U16 age groups.
LUYSA partnered with Surrey United and Guildford to form a Premier League connection, in which all three clubs contributed players, coaches, managers, and fields under the Surrey United umbrella.
In all, the Surrey United group won four B.C. boys championships and two girls titles. The EA Sports Premier League is the highest level of boys and girls youth soccer in B.C. for teams in the U13 to U18 age groups.
"Langley United believes this partnership with Surrey United and Guildford has provided an excellent avenu for our Langley boys to be challenged and excel and reach the highest possible level," LUYSA president Betty Boucas said. "It was a very successful year."
Leading the charge was the U14 team which had 12 Langley boys on the Surrey United squad, along with coach Scott Howey and manager Terry Chmelyk.
The local reps beat rivals Coquitlam Metro-Ford 1-0 in the final on a goal by Langley's Noah Owen.
Owen was named the game's MVP. The team now heads off to the Canadian U14 championships to be held in Ontario in the fall.
Langley players on the B.C. title team include Matthew Mcleod, Noah Owen, Joseph Gindo, Wyatt Gilbert, Damon Schmidt, Erick Chmelyk, Mattias Jahn, John Kasper, Kierin Eggen, Nolan McMurchy, Joel Harrison, and Carson Lee.
The Surrey United U16 Premier League squad included four Langley boys - Connor Hildebrandt, Joel Waterman, Robert Goodey, and Vaggeli Boucas - and together they won 1-0 over Mountain United in the championship game.
Boucas was selected MVP of the match for the final.
The Surrey U16 squad has now advanced to the Canadian tourney in the fall.
Surrey United's U15 team included three Langley boys, and it clipped the host club Fusion FC 1-0 to capture the B.C. championship.
Since there are only Canadian tournaments at the U14, U16, and U18 age groups, this team won't advance beyond their B.C. championship.
Langley's Jacob Reid, Marcus Thavonesouk, and Nestor Valencia were all members of that provincial title-winning team.