Langley United Sparta had their Provincial B Cup title hopes dashed last weekend.
Despite a valiant effort, the local Div. 2 menâ€™s soccer team fell 3-2 in a shootout to the host Port Alberni Athletics in Keith Millar Cup action on Sunday afternoon.
The long trip to Port Alberni meant Sparta travelled with a depleted squad â€œbut were still going to win the game,â€ Sparta coach/manager Mark Peters said.
Langley started fast with a goal in the first minute by Mark Peters off a cross by Paul Ballard.
Port Alberni responded with two goals and finished the half up 2-1.
The second half was a battle with chances going to either side as Sparta pushed for the tying goal.
A crossing that was handled in the Port Alberni penalty area gave Sparta a lifeline, and Peters converted the resulting penalty kick.
Extra time had few chances, and near the end a great save by the Athleticsâ€™ goalkeeper denied Spartaâ€™s Riley Dornian.
Then it was off to penalty kicks, and the Port Alberni â€™keeper made three saves on the first four Sparta shots putting the Island club into the final versus Guildford (VMSL).
â€œVery proud of our team and weâ€™ve had an outstanding season, winning the league and the Presidents Cup as well,â€ Peters said, following the match. â€œWe had a lot of players playing hurt today but they each showed great character and showed what it means to play for your team.â€
Both the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s provincial cup games are being played this weekend at Willoughby Turf.
Provincial Cup finals in Willoughby this weekend
The womenâ€™s Provincial Cup finals are this Saturday, May 9.
â€¢ Special Olympics BC Showcase Match â€“ 10 a.m.
â€¢ Leeta Sokalski Cup (Womenâ€™s B) â€“ 10:30 a.m.
â€¢ Classics Cup â€“ 12 p.m.
â€¢ Womenâ€™s Premier (A) Cup â€“ 1:30 p.m.
â€¢ Womenâ€™s U21 Cup â€“ 3 p.m.
The menâ€™s Provincial Cup finals are being played this Sunday, May 10.
â€¢ Keith Millar Cup (Menâ€™s B) â€“ 10:30 a.m.
â€¢ Deryl Hughes Cup (Masters) â€“ 12 p.m.
â€¢ Doug Day Cup (U21) â€“ 1:30 p.m.
â€¢ Menâ€™s Premier (A) Cup â€“ 3 p.m.