Langley United falls in semifinals

Willoughby Community Park set to host B.C. adult provincial soccer championships this weekend

It was a great start but not the ending they were looking for.

Langley United Sparta was on Vancouver Island on Sunday afternoon, facing Port Alberni Athletics in the semifinals of the Keith Millar Cup, the provincial men’s B Cup soccer championships.

In the opening minute, player-coach Mark Peters converted a cross from Paul Ballard to put Sparta on the board first.

The home side would score twice before halftime before Peters converted a penalty kick in the second half to force overtime.

And after neither team scored, the game went to penalty kicks with the Port Alberni keeper stopping three of the four Sparta shots to send them through to the championship final.

“Very proud of our team and we’ve had an outstanding season,” Peters said.

The team won both the Fraser Valley Soccer League title and the President’s Cup.

“We had a lot of players playing hurt today but they each showed great character and showed what it means to play for your team,” he said.

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Both the men’s and women’s Provincial Cup finals will be played at Willoughby Community Park this weekend.

Following a Special Olympics BC showcase match on Saturday at 10 a.m., the four women’s championship finals will be played that first day. The men’s finals will be Sunday.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. — Vancouver United FC vs. Prospect Lake in the Leeta Sokaski Cup (women’s B Cup).

Noon — Classics Cup

1:30 p.m. — Surrey United vs. North Shore Girls Soccer Club Renegades in the Premier Cup (women’s A Cup).

3 p.m. — U21 Cup

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. — Guildford FC vs. Port Alberni Athletics in the Keith Millar Cup (men’s B Cup).

noon —  Croatia SC vs. Westside FC in the Deryl Hughes Cup (masters).

1:30 p.m. — Surrey United vs. Victoria Highlanders Prospects in the Doug Day Cup (U21).

3 p.m. — EDC Burnaby vs. Inter FC in the Premier Cup (men’s A Cup).