This coming weekend, Quest is hosting the Pacific Northwest (Pacwest) Soccer Provincials. This is a really great way to get more people visiting Quest and a fun experience for those students staying on campus for block break. What’s even better is that our men’s soccer team clinched the final spot in provincials at the very last minute.
Both our men’s and women’s soccer teams went into this weekend needing to win their games on both Saturday and Sunday to clinch a spot in Provincials. Unfortunately, the girls tied their game against Kwantlen on Saturday, taking them out of the running. The boys, however, won 1-0, keeping their chances of making Provincials alive.
The top four teams in the league go to Provincials. Going into Sunday’s game against Langara College, the men’s team was tied with Capilano for fifth in the rankings. But, we weren’t far behind Langara, who was the fourth ranked team in the league. In order for our guys to make Provincials, they had to not only beat Langara, but Capilano also had to either tie or lose in their game against Douglas College.
The game started off fairly fast paced, and despite attempts on goal by both sides, no one scored in the first 40 minutes of the games. Then—at minute 41—GOAL! Quest Kermode Andrew Shoring shot a gorgeous ball right past Langara’s goalie. A few minutes later, Shoring attempted a penalty kick that deflected off the cross-bar.
Going into the second half, the guys were determined to hold onto their lead—Langara was just as determined to take us down. However, two goals by rookie Max Tagesen in the first 20 minutes of the second half boosted Kermode spirit, and despite some strong attacks by Langara, the game ended 3-0 Quest!
But the victory celebration was still a bit contained—the Capilano-Douglas game still had half an hour left. Until we knew the score from that game, we couldn’t be sure that we were headed to provincials. At that point, Douglas was ahead by two points. But then Capilano scored. And then they scored again. And then a Douglas goal! And one more Capilano goal. The game ended with a score of 4-4. They had tied. We were in! We had clinched the fourth spot at Provincials!
This spot at Provincials is especially sweet for a couple of reasons. Last year, even with high hopes and several new rookies, the boys team didn’t win a single game. Ouch. This season, even though it’s been a roller coaster, has been spectacular, as our guys team clinched their first win in almost three years. Sunday was also Senior Day—in between the games, all of our graduating fourth years joined their friends and families on the field to celebrate their soccer careers here at Quest. The women’s team is graduating nine of their players. And making it to Provincials means that the six graduates on the men’s team get to play at least one more game.
Here’s the schedule for the weekend:
Friday, Oct 24th: 4pm & 7pm (Women’s Semi-Finals)
Saturday, Oct 25th: 10am & 1pm (Men’s Semi-Finals)
4pm & 7pm (Women’s Bronze & Gold)
Sunday, Oct 26th: 10am & 1pm (Men’s Bronze & Gold)
On Saturday, our men’s team will take on #1 seeded Vancouver Island University at 1 pm. If they win this game, they will play in the Gold game on Sunday at 1 pm—they will also be guaranteed a spot at Nationals! If you’re in the area, come out and cheer for our Quest Kermodes!