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Langley play key role in Surrey United victories

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A strong pipeline of talent from Langley helped Surrey United Soccer Club win multiple provincial titles over the Canada Day weekend.

Nineteen Langley players helped three Surrey squads to the gold medal and a berth to their various age group national championships.

The teams were competing at the B.C. Soccer Premier League championships held in Richmond.

Surrey United won the provincial final in the U14, U15 and U16 age groups.

The Langley United Youth Soccer Association had joined together with Surrey United and Guildford to form a Premier League partnership in which all three clubs contributed players, coaches, managers and fields under the Surrey United umbrella.

"Langley United believes this partnership with Surrey United and Guildford has provided an excellent avenue for our Langley boys to be challenged and excel and reach the highest level possible," said LUYSA president Betty Boucas.

"It was a very successful year."

Martin Foden, the executive director of Surrey United SC, praised Langley United youth Soccer Association and the Guildford Athletic Club, two groups which partnered with Surrey United SC to form the youth teams in the Premier league.

“They have provided, so unselfishly, our BCSPL programming with many players, coaching resources and expertise and indeed training facilities,” he noted. “Both clubs have played a very significant role in last weekend’s accomplishments. Without their unconditional support we would not have had such phenomenal success throughout the season and particularly over the past weekend.”

Leading the way were a dozen players — out of 18 — on the U14 squad, in addition to coach Scott Howey and manager Terry Chmelyk.

They won the game 1-0 over Coquitlam Metro-Ford on a goal from Langley's Noah Owen. He also received the game most valuable player award.

Other Langley players on the squad are Matthew McLeod, Joseph Gindo, Wyatt Gilbert, Damon Schmidt, Erick Chmelyk, Mattias Jahn, John Kasper, Kierin Eggen, Nolan McMurchy, Joel Harrison and Carson Lee.

The team will head to Vaughan, Ont. in the fall for nationals.

Vaggeli Boucas was selected game MVP as the Surrey United U16 team won their provincial final 1-0 in overtime over Mountain United.

The roster also included Connor Hildebrandt, Joel Waterman and Robert Goodey. They move on nationals in the fall in Charlottetown, PEI.

The U15 team also won their game 1-0 with Jacob Reid, Marcus Thavonesouk and Nestor Valencia winning the gold medals. There are no national championships at this age level.

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