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SRT Titans finish sixth at provincials

Cole Lamont of the SRT Titans senior boys’ soccer team passes the ball away from a member of the Archbishop Carney Stars at the provincial high school championships earlier this month.  - Contributed
Cole Lamont of the SRT Titans senior boys’ soccer team passes the ball away from a member of the Archbishop Carney Stars at the provincial high school championships earlier this month.
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The Titans senior boys’ soccer team finished in sixth place at the recent provincial championships, the best showing ever for a sports team from Maple Ridge’s Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School.

The competition was fierce at the provincial final, held Nov. 19 and 20 in Burnaby.

“There were 10 teams that were good enough that each of them could have been in the final,” said Titans head coach Sneddon. “To be finish sixth out of the hundreds of schools around the province, I’m quite happy with that.”

The Titans entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed from the Fraser Valley, opening with a 1-1 draw against Victoria’s St. Michael’s University, before losing to Okanagan-Mission 1-0. The Titans bounced back, however, with a 8-0 win over Prince George’s DP Todd secondary and a 2-0 win over Delta’s Sands secondary. Without enough points to advance to the final, the Titans instead faced their league rivals, the Archbishop Carney Stars, in a game to determine fifth and sixth places. Carney won the game 4-2.

Titans striker and leading scorer Graeme Meers played through the tournament, despite suffering an ankle injury last month.

“He wasn’t as effective as he could have been if he was healthy,” said Sneddon. “If he was in top form, I think we could have made it to the Top 4.”

Paolo Dait had a strong tournament, and was named to the all-star team.

Sneddon sees a bright future for the team, which, with only three Grade 12 players, will get back nearly its entire roster next season.

“We should have a good run next year,” he said.

The SRT Titans are Curtis Ogilvie, Konner McLeod, Simon Boserup, Jesse Erhardson, Martin Macik, Conner Henry, Brett Almond, Brendan Jones, Cole Lamont, Jacob Mattson, Matt Funk, Erik Lutsch, Alberto Garcia, Kyle Lloyd, Trevor White, Cole Almond, Graeme Meers, Elcio Do Amaral, Paolo Dait, Paul Bock, Emerson Kot, and Corey Pederson.

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