Senior Boys Soccer

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - By: Wes Barrett; Photo by Linnea M, Allard '17

The Sr. Boys Soccer team had a very successful season. The boys did not have much time to prepare as the season began two weeks after school started. The season works as follows: 6 league games, an ISA Tournament, a play-off game, a North Island Competition with 8 teams, an Island competition with 8 teams, and if we finish in the top three on the island, the BC Championship. The Sr. Boys did what no Brentwood soccer team has done in 10 years, they qualified for the BCs.

The boys started the season well at the ISAs with three very close round-robin games: 2-1, 1-1, 1-0 with a 7th place finish. The North Island tournament had some close games, and some good results led the boys to the North Island final. We hosted the final at Brentwood and had an early lead 1-0 that continued until the last five minutes of the game. A late goal from Carihi  and a rocket of a finish in extra time had the boys fall short and we ended with a 2nd place in the North Islands.

The Island Championship tournament is very competitive with three lower island teams joining five upper island teams in a two-group round-robin tournament. Brentwood was in a group with Kwalikum, SMUS and Lambrick Park. Two convincing wins against Lambrick and Kwalikum led us to our third game and a real test against an undefeated SMUS. A tight 2-1 match in regulation, thanks to two fantastic efforts from Sion G, led the boys to an Island Final and an automatic birth to the BCs.

The Island final was against Carihi and the boys were up for the match. It was not your storybook start, however, as the boys went down 1-0 and were issued a red card putting us down to 10 men 20 minutes in. A very disjointed first half came to a close down 1-0 and down a man for the remainder of the game. A completely new, fired up team came flying out of the gates in the second half. Brentwood created chance after chance: crossbars, posts, missed chances and saves from the goalie kept the game at 1-0. In the 70th minute of play Sion G scored once again to tie the game up. The goal put the game into extra time once. Two 7.5 minute periods of extra time and seven corner kicks for Brentwood, another post and a missed header from Casper P had the game remain 1-1. An extremely tough shoot-out had the boys fall short and once again we had to settle for 2nd place on the Island. This gave us the Island 2nd seed at provincials.

The Provincials were a 16 team tournament with four groups of four teams. A team needed to finish in the top of their group in order to make it to the semifinals, the final four. The boys started the tournament strong with a 3-0 win over Sands Secondary, a 2-0 win or LV Rogers and a 0-0 draw to Seaton Secondary. These results put the boys in a tie with Seaton with 7 points. Another penalty shoot-out was the tie-breaker to see who went through to the final four. A very tough shootout loss meant the boys missed the final four spot and were into the 5-8 bracket. The next game was against Archbishop Carney where the boys fell short late in the game to lose 3-2. The final game was against Pitt Meadows where Alejandro scored a fantastic goal, chipping the goalie to end the tournament with a 4-0 win and a 7th place finish.

If we were asked how the season went, most would say it was great. Lots of success, lots of growth, and some ups and downs that were dealt with and learned from. Was it your fairytale ending? No. But one of the most impressive parts of the season was the end. Not the end game or the end result, but the closing ceremony. The winners of this year’s BC Provincial championships was SMUS. As SMUS were called up to the stage to collect their banner, not only did our boys cheer and applaud, but they also created a walkway tunnel with their arms to guide the victors up onto the stage. This was a show of great sportsmanship and pride for soccer on the Island. Although it was not the team that Brentwood had hoped to win, it was an Island team that won. An Island team meant that soccer on the Island at the high school level is growing and getting stronger and stronger. It also meant that Brentwood were hungry and ready for the challenge that the fall of 2017 will bring for this young group.

Wes Barrett, Coach

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