the Fraser Valley championship came to en end with a 4-0 loss to Panorama Ridge in the final on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Newton.
Head coach Glenn Urquhart said the score was not indicative of how close the game was. Pressing for the equalizer, Panorama scored three goals in the last 190 minutes.
“The boys created chances, but were unable to score against a very good defence that only allowed four goals against all season,” said the coach.
He said the team, whose only loss came in the final, were led by standouts Kai Vokeroth on defence, who played a tenacious attacking style at centre back.
Urquhart also commended Brody Thomas at centre mid, who he said controlled the play beautifully and was relentless on attack all season.
Other players who had a great season included Phil Mayfield and Marcus Tjernagel at striker.
“Phil played a great ball possession role in attack making precise passes all season long,” he said Marcus continuously put defenders on their heels with his pace and attacking skills.”
Uruuhart also had high praise for his goalie Nick Stroud, who made countless, amazing reflex saves to keep every game close and always gave his team a chance to win the championship.
However, getting to the finals was another story.
The Thunder rallied from a rain-soaked 3-1 half-time deficit against the Eugene Reimer Ravens to take a 4-3 late in the game on Monday at Thomas Haney. That’s when things got out of hand, said Urquhart.
He said with four minutes left in the game, the referee called the game after handing out three red cards to Raven players for abuse of the official.
Urquhart said the abuse continued into the parking lot, that also included parents. He said he has never seen such a poor display of sportsmanship.
“There is no room for that in any sport, but especially with 13 and 14-year-olds,” said the Thomas Haney coach.
The Ravens were also disqualified from playing in the third place game against Lord Tweedsmuir.