Heartbreak for Mariner 10 at Provincial Semi-Final
Abbotsfords Magnuson Ford Womens team traveled to Victoria on Sunday to play against Gorge FC in the Provincial B Cup Semi-Final.
The news was not good even before the team left home when it was realized that only 10 players would be available to travel due to numerous reasons including work commitments.
On top of that, the Gorge FC team had only lost one game this season, so the locals had their back against the wall.
From the opening kick off, the Mariners showed they came to play. Even though some of the players were playing in unfamiliar positions, goalkeeper Karlee Arden was not tested with any difficult shots. The make shift back line of Lauren Kruger, Ashandeep Sandhu, Sarb Dhillon and Heather Strating held firm not allowing Gorge FC to get through.
Centre mid-fielders Paige Dudzik and Megan Webster controlled the game by not only setting up wingers Ellen Kuyer and Shandelle Steine with multiple scoring opportunities but they also took some quality shots on goal themselves.
Solo striker, Kristina Habbas was a thorn in the home teams back line forcing them to make numerous defensive plays to try and contain her.
Shots and scoring opportunities heavily favoured the short handed Mariners but the score was still tied 0-0 after 90 minutes.
2 fifteen minute periods of extra time needed to be played to decided the winner.
Finally in the 99th minute, a Gorge FC shot squeezed through goalie Arden and trickled into the open net.
The game ended with a 1-0 loss but in showed just how much heart the Mariners had to not only go through the 90 minutes of regulation, but also an additional 30 minutes of extra time.
Coaches, Mike Leclerc and John Werrell had high praise for the ladies.
Werrell, who is also the President of Magnuson Ford Mariners FC said Were gutted. This will sting us all for a while, but Im so proud of all 10 of those ladies today. They left it all on the field. Thats the Mariner way
Now they look forward to next season knowing just how close they came.
Women’s Team Qualifies for Provincial Semi-Final
Abbotsfords Magnuson Ford Womens team qualified for the Provincial B Cup semi-final after knocking off Prospect Lake 2-1 on Sunday on the turf at Mouat. The sun shone brite on our ladies as they controlled most of the first half finally breaking the deadlock at the 40th minute when Shandelle Steine sent the ball through to Danielle Schmidt who in turn fed a perfect pass for Megan Webster to bury into the net from 20 yards out making it 1-0.
4 minutes later, the locals went up 2-0, on a penalty kick from Webster after she was taken down hard in the area.
The ladies went into the break at the half dominating most of the play.
The second half was a different story as the Prospect Lake women pushed to get back into the game. Had it not been for the back line of Sarb Dhillon, Donna Pinning, Brittlyn Nickel, and Lauren Kruger the score could have been a lot tighter.
The visitors finally got onto the board at the 65th minute making it interesting for the balance of the game.
Steady play in the midfield by Webster, Schmidt, Steine, Ellen Kuyer and Meghan Emes held off the onslaught. Heather Strating kept the ladies from the Island on their heels with numerous scoring opportunities.
A little concern late in the second half when the locals goalkeeper, Karlee Arden, was kneed hard in the head by the Prospect Lake striker. Knowing what was on the line, she shook it off, got up and continued her stella performance to finish out the game.
Paige Dudzik and Ashandeep Sandhu were also solid coming in off the bench.
This Sunday, the ladies travel to Vancouver Island where they play Gorge FC with the winner receiving a berth in the Provincial Cup Final in Victoria on May 11th.
The Abbotsford Magnuson Ford United Football Club made it two Cup wins in seven days with a solid 2 0 Soccer City League Cup win over the Port Moody Gunners on Friday, April 5th . While it was raining heavily during the match, the local lads were reigning champions following the final whistle in what was a wet and wild win.
Facing the same Port Moody team they had defeated in last weekends Pakenham Cup, Abbotsford got off to a quick start using their speed and ball control to test the Port Moody defenders. Midfielder Brian Davis sent Colton ONeill down the left side in the 7thminute with ONeill blasting a shot just wide. Minutes later, game MVP Justin Sekhon eluded his check, gathered in a pass from Connor ONeill only to send a low hard shot to the side of the Port Moody net. Midfielder Koby Byrne got into the act blasting a 25 yard shot that challenged the Port Moody keeper and won the Abbotsford team a corner kick.
The first half saw chances for both sides although the run of the play was controlled by the Abbotsford squad. The hard work and speed of the Abbotsford midfielders and defence frustrated a Port Moody team known for their ball control and methodical build up. Outside backs Bryce Davis and Sukh Dhaliwal held the quick Port Moody wingers solidly in check, both enjoying outstanding games. Midfielder Kree Byrne ran miles during the match opening up many options for his teammates and winning many of the midfield battles for possession. Port Moodys best chance came off a long range deflected shot that Abbotsford keeper Mark Village had to adjust to and tip over the bar at the last second, preserving the shutout. The game was scoreless following the first 45 minutes.
With the start of the second half, it was clear the Abbotsford team wanted the win more than the Port Moody squad. Despite the constant rain, the locals continued outworking their opponents and created several more chances although were not able to break the deadlock. In the 67th minute, a Port Moody corner kick became the turning point in the match. Koby Byrne headed clear the Port Moody cross with the ball landing at the feet of a Port Moody player. Defender Sukh Dhaliwal then won the battle for the ball and spotted striker Justin Sekhon making a run down the field. Dhaliwals perfectly placed pass landed at Sekhons feet who was then able to beat two Port Moody defenders and hammered a shot past the Port Moody keeper, off the post and in for the games first goal.
Finding themselves with their backs against the walls, Port Moody worked hard for the tying goal. The Abbotsford defence bent but never broke as they stepped up and kept the ball out of harms way. Central defenders Ravi Singh and Sahib Phagura consistently won battles in the air and on the ground helping keep the Port Moody offence at bay. In the 81st minute, another counter attack found Colton ONeill hooking up with Sekhon who had created some space for himself between Port Moody defenders. Despite being fouled in the penalty area, Sekhon maintained his balance and cracked another low hard shot past the Port Moody keeper sealing the victory.
Following the game, Justin Sekhon was selected MVP for the match and the rest of the squad celebrated their second big Cup win. The Soccer City Cup is the League Cup for the Fraser Valley Premier Mens League. Next up for the Abbotsford team is their first game in the Provincial Cup playdowns where theyll meet FC Columbus in Vancouver.
The Abbotsford Magnuson Ford United Football Club defeated the Port Moody Gunners 3 0 in the Pakenham Cup Final held at South Surrey Athletic Park this afternoon. After a nervous start for both teams, the crowd of over 400 was treated to some good, competitive soccer worthy of a Cup Final. The Pakenham Cup is one of Canadas oldest amateur athletic competitions dating back to 1909. An Abbotsford team last won this coveted trophy back in 1995.
Colton ONeill broke the deadlock in the 44th minute with a well placed shot to the far post following an Abbotsford corner kick. After the half, Abbotsford played with more confidence and creativity, setting Port Moody back on their heels. After Abbotsford missed a penalty kick and headed two shots off the crossbar, Abbotsford keeper Mark Village was called upon to make a diving fingertip save to keep Port Moody off the score sheet. Up until that point, a strong showing by the Abbotsford midfield and back line kept Port Moody opportunities to a minimum.
With Port Moody pressing for a tying goal, Abbotsford took advantage of some quick counter attacks and were rewarded in the 67th minute when Connor ONeill doubled Abbotsfords lead after some hard work from his brother Colton who set up Connor with a quality pass. Just six minutes later, Justin Sekhon scored a well deserved breakaway goal that highlighted his speed and calm manner on the ball. That goal rounded out the scoring and put a lock on the match for the local lads.
Connor ONeill was selected as the Man of the Match by the Cup Committee. Congratulations to the players, coaches, management and enthusiastic supporters of this team. With this win, the team moves on to the Provincial Cup Tournament.
Next up for the Mens Premier team is the Soccer City Cup Final next Friday at 7:30 pm at Gates Park in Port Coquitlam. Their opponents? This same Port Moody Gunner team. It should be another great match with our lads looking for another trophy and Port Moody looking to even the score at one cup apiece.
Magnuson Ford Mariners FC’s Division 1 Womens team captured the Championship trophy today in their cup final against the Red Devils in Richmond.
After playing through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time, the ladies were successful by winning 5-4 on penalty kicks.
Congratulations on a job well done !!
MFMFC Youth Train with the Pro’s of FC Edmonton
Three U18 players from the Magnuson Ford Mariners FC BCSPL program and one player from the mens FVSL Premier Team recently had the chance of a lifetimeto train with the professional players of FC Edmonton.
At the request of FC Edmonton Head Coach – Colin Miller, MFMFC were delighted to offer the opportunity for Grant Fadden, Gordon Hall, Josh McAvoy and Gurmaan Jhaj, to join a training session during the professional clubs Pre-Season Camp in the Fraser Valley.
Especially thrilled with the opportunity was Gurmaan Jhaj, who enjoyed playing a full 90mins, of the inter-squad game.
All four players were presented with FC Edmonton supporter scarves, in appreciation of their involvement with the session.
U18 Hurricane Boys Repeat @ League Cup Championship
The U18 Boys Hurricane won their League Cup Championship for the second year in a row on Friday night. The boys won 6 of 7 games to qualify for the final and beat Coquitlam Metro Ford 1-0 on a wonderful goal scored by Upash Gill in the 61st minute – set up beautifully by Jackson Bell. Keeper Sebastian Calderone earned the clean sheet with the help of a solid defensive core including Josh McClaren, Japnam Grewal (who played his best game of the season), Carl Brechin, Tanner Dodd and Austin Bilodeau. The midfield controlled much of the play anchored by Collin Andrews, Adrian Hall, Jarnel Lalli, Austin Lymburner, Kieran Murphy and Eric Zamrykut. Forwards Shey Waterhouse, Alex Smith and Clayton Hodges had excellent chances throughout the match.
Many of the boys have played their entire youth soccer together at MFMFC and are great ambassadors for the club. The team will complete their youth soccer by travelling to California next week to participate in a tournament in Temecula, CA as well as a visit Disneyland. We wish them the best of luck!
U13 Lightning win Gold @ 5 District Finals
U13 Abbotsford Lightning, won Gold Medals at the Finals on March 9/13 vs Langley United B. Was a very thrilling game which ended 3-3 and went to a shoot out. It took 7 kickers but the boys did it!! I am sure they all slept with their medals still on that night!
Congrats to them all!! They deserved it and are a GREAT group of kids!
U14 Storm Fraser Valley District Champs
The U14 Storm defeated Langley 4-1 to become the District Champions congratulations to the team and staff!!
Congratulations to the these teams of MF Mariners FC
- U13 Girls Storm coached by Dean Fetterly take the gold at the Chilliwack tournament this past weekend.
1-0 win over Surrey Griffin United Metro (Taylor McGettigan)
2-1 win over Sunshine Coast in a shoot out (Kenya Hough – I didn’t track who scored in the shoot out)
4-1 win over Powell River (Jaspreet Gill with Hat trick #1, Nicola Peters)
5-0 win over Williams Lake (Jaspreet Gill with Hat trick #2, Abby Bishop, Allyssa Collins
- The U13 Storm ended their successful season as runners un the the 2012 District Cup final losing to Aldergrove. [See photo click here]
- U12 Mariners end their season as the 5 District League Cup Champions defeating Langley. [See photo click here]
- U17 Hurricane end their season as the 5 District League Cup Champions [See photo click here]
U13 MF Storm runner up in the 2012 U13 District Cup
Congratulation to coach Martin Mulama and the players on a successful season!!
U12 MF Mariners winners in the 2012 5 District League Cup
On Saturday March 3rd, Mariners FC played in their league cup group final against district derby rivals Langley United in Langley. An extremely well played final by both sides ended 1-1. This was a predictable result as the group stage match also finished level 2-2. As with the group match the Mariners u12’s were victorious on penalty kicks to decide the winner. The Mariners and Langley represented their group well through excellent work rate and spirit of play. In the photo (left to right): Front Row – Gursimrit Grewal, Colby Bolster, Dawson Schmid, Levi Wiebe, Nathaniel Munro, Alvaro Pedraza Jr., Harman Gill (who came to watch and support the team!). Back Row – Coach Kurt Thiessen, Sukh Kang, Anup Basra, Mahek Gill, Jacques Buitendyk, Sahib Gill, Assistant Coach Alvaro Pedraza. Thank you to all the players and parents for a two year adventure!
U17 Hurricane winners in the 5 District League Cup
The U17 Boys Hurricane won the District 5 Cup yesterday in a shootout over SUS Saints. We fell behind 1-0 early in the match, but Austin Lymburner tied it up just before half. It remained tied after regulation and went to penalty kicks. The winning goal was scored by Bhura Khabra in the 7th round and Sebastian Calderone made 4 out of 7 saves. The boys qualified by beating Langley in a shootout 2 weeks ago in the 11th round.