Strikers & Marlins wrap up season at provincials

McRoberts Josh Bhandal earns Golden Boot honours

McRoberts Strikers and McNair Marlins wrapped up impressive seasons at this week’s B.C. AA Boys Soccer Championships in Burnaby.

The Richmond schools qualified for the 16-team event by finishing first and second respectively at the inaugural South Fraser AA playoffs. The Strikers edged the Marlins 2-1 in the zone final played two weeks ago in Newton.

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McRoberts finished third in their pool group with a 1-1-1 record — defeating Caledonia (3-0), playing Alpha to a 1-1 draw and dropping a 3-0 decision to eventual fourth place finisher Brentwood College.

The Strikers moved onto consolation play where they trimmed St.Michael’s University (3-2) and Sa-Hali to place ninth.

Forward Josh Bhandal shared the Golden Boot Award as the tournament’s top scorer with Hayden Koppes of South Kamloops.

The Marlins were making their first provincial tournament appearance in several years and it was a rough start out of the gate.

McNair dropped a 5-0 decision to eventual silver medalist St. Thomas Aquinas, then fell 4-0 to Carihi. They closed out preliminary play with a 3-0 loss to LV Rogers.

The boys rebounded to defeat Brooks 1-0 before settling for 14th place after a narrow 3-2 defeat to Caledonia.

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