Langley soccer teams pack in the wins

As a soccer club, Langley United couldn’t do much better than they did on Saturday, winning all three of their games in Fraser Valley cup finals in Port Moody.

Langley’s premier men’s soccer team took the Pakenham Cup with a convincing 5-2 win over league champs Lordco Gunners of Port Moody.

Langley United Dynamo Division 2 won the President’s Trophy beating Westcoast FC United 3-1 and Langley’s U21 team defeated league champion Lordco Gunners 1-0.

In the fourth game on the card, Coastal Peach Arch MP beat Delta MP 2-1 in the Master’s final.

Payback was sweet for Langley United Dynamo, as they beat Westcoast FC 3-1 in the President’s Cup final after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss the year before with an injury depleted roster.

“This is our first major victory in cup competition and was a great reward after falling short last season in the finals,” said coach Chad Spurgeon. “I felt really good once we kicked off, my guys really pushed the pace against a team that I felt was faster and younger than us.”

Dynamo started the game quickly controlling the play while Westcoast sat back absorbing the pressure.

After several missed chances by Dynamo in the opening 25 minutes, Westcoast scored for a 1-0 lead.

“Down one-nil our squad continued to take the ball at Westcoast who were having trouble containing us. With minutes left in the first half Shane Stewart played a nice free kick into the box which Alex Jones drove home with a strong header,” said Spurgeon.  

Fifteen minutes into the second half Nik Wall dropped a driven ball into the penalty area which Alex Jones got a toe on, directing it into the back of the net.

“We continued to apply pressure with strong runs on the wings all match and Art Glauser and Chris Guiel went up front to help us slow the match down and were both dominant using their size,” said Spurgeon.

Dynamo’s leading scorer Cameron Whitters went back into the game for the last 20 minutes and promptly finished off the 3-1 goal after some hard work by Guiel who had been knocked down several times while battling hard in front of the net. Alex Jones was named MVP in the match.

“It has been my pleasure to coach some of the players from this group for over 10 years now and with help from some great additions to the team over the past couple seasons we have put together a roster which competes hard every match and has truly formed a tight bond on and off the pitch,” said Spurgeon.    

“We had several players raise their level of leadership including Austin Malnis playing a defensive role, while Shane Stewart and Patrick Harper continued to keep the guys positive. Physically we were more dominant with Levi Bronsch and Chris Guiel crashing around up front and Blair Roman forcing Westcoast to literally come through him to get into our end of the field,” added Spurgeon.

Langley United 1, Port Moody Gunners 0

In U21 action Langley United shut out the FVSL U21 league champion Port Moody Gunners 1-0 Saturday morning.

“I could not be more happy for our group. This was a whole team effort today,” said coach Paul Ballard.

“For us to come away with a victory against a very good Port Moody squad that hadn’t lost all season, is a big accomplishment. We are a young team that experienced some major growing pains throughout the season, but this game was a testament to our boys work effort and the determination each player had to continually improve. Winning this cup was a team goal for us at the beginning of the season and it feels great to say that we achieved success.”

The lone Langley goal was scored by Mitchell Urzinger 15 minutes into the second half. Elie Gindo took a shot which rebounded into the path of Urzinger who beat three defenders in the box and scored low to the far post.

Game MVP was Mitchell Urzinger and Evan Lowther was awarded the shutout.

“We needed our whole team to buy into our defensive system and they did [it] perfectly,” said Ballard on shutting out a team that [had] scored more than 100 goals this season.

“We gave up very few scoring opportunities. Besides one brilliant goal-line save from defender Lucas Solmes, most of the Port Moody shots were from poor angles or long distances. Goal keeper Evan Lowther did a fantastic job organizing our defensive shape, and the back four of Lucas Solmes, Nate Peters, Matt Kasteel, and Sam Sinclair were outstanding.”

Other notable performances came from: “Elie Gindo, a big presence in the middle and fought hard at both ends of the field; Mitchell Urzinger was our X factor. His pace and skill were hard for Port Moody to contain and in the end he deserves full credit for the goal that he scored.”

Three wins in three games made for a big day for Langley United:

“It was an extremely special day for our club. For our boys to start things off with a big win was brilliant,” said Ballard. “Participating both as a coach (U21) and then later as a player (PAK Cup) was a tremendous experience, and will be a memory I will not soon forget”.

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