McMath wins Mainland AA title to secure provincial berth

McMath Wildcats have booked their ticket to next week’s B.C. AA Boys Soccer Championships in Burnaby.
The Wildcats captured last week’s Lower Mainland AA playoffs by slipping past league rival McNair in the championship game. The game was scoreless through regulation and overtime. McMath prevailed 4-1 on penalty kicks.
Goal scorers included Sean Minato, Matt Loveland, Mathias Melaku and Ian Gee.
The game was a rematch of the Richmond final played a week earlier that saw the Wildcats prevail 2-0 on goals by Liam Fitzmaurice and Davis Poon.
This time, the Marlins put up a good defensive effort to overcome McMath enjoying a significant advantage in time of possession.
The Wildcats’ road to the final began with a 4-0 quarter-final win over McRoberts, before topping John Oliver 3-1. 
McNair slipped past the Richmond Colts 1-0, then blanked Notre Dame 2-0. However, it was eventual heartbreak for the Marlins as the loss to McMath set up a do-or-die game against John Oliver last Friday for the final zone berth into the provincials. The Jokers won 3-1.
Coached by Mike Quinn, the Wildcats have a week to prepare for the provincials which run Nov. 23-25.
Smaller enrollment numbers have the Wildcats competing at the AA provincials for the first time in recent memory.
The McMath roster also features: Jameison Lee, Logan Hooper, Joao Victor-Igelesias,Santiago Carvalheiro-Nunes, Nishaan Dulay, Stefan Scavazza, Daniel Warmling, DJ Miller, Rion Yu, Mujeeb Fakhri, Sean Larson, Zach Balen, Bruno Corea and Jayden Jordan.
Assistant Jakob Lorenz rounds out the coaching staff. Fioella Alva and Caitlan Estrada serve as team managers.
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