The Aldergrove Totems senior boys’ soccer team competed in the AA provincial championships this past week at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, November 23-25.
After a narrow loss against the Brookswood Bobcats in the Fraser Valley championship, the Totems were grouped with Vancouver’s John Oliver Jokers, Invermere’s David Thompson Lakers, and Victoria’s St. Michael’s University School Blue Jags.
Monday’s opening round-robin game saw the Totems facing the Jokers. The parity of the group became apparent early on, as both teams traded chances at goal. Defensively, the Totems were sound, leaving few shots to trouble goalkeeper Tavares Demelo.
The teams went into half time scoreless. Aldergrove pressed the tempo of the game in the second half, retaining possession and generating quality scoring chances, but finding themselves unable to bulge the twine. With about ten minutes to go, on a Jokers counterattack, Demelo made a quality challenge on the opposing striker. The ref saw no issue on the play, but the linesman disagreed, flagging the play and awarding a penalty. The spot kick was successful. The Totems pressured for the final minutes, but still couldn’t score, and the game finished 1-0 for John Oliver.
Looking to make amends in the second game and retain some hope of topping their group, Aldergrove started strongly against the Lakers. Again, the Totems were plagued by a lack of scoring, and many quality chances were left begging. The Lakers proved to be one of the hardest working opponents the Totems had faced this season, and the hard work paid off with a goal before the half. The Totems found their footing after the break, and yet another threatening run by speedster Ko Ota resulted in a penalty for Aldergrove. Ota calmly slotted the shot to tie the game…
Many ISP students play at Totems:
Tavares Demelo, Jimmy Zong, Shion Yamamoto, Ko Yamada, Daniel Livingstone, Ryan Schmunk, Simone Intermite, Alex Jang, Johnny Puigvert, Kohsuke Tsutsui, Ko Ota, Sean Connolly, Keisuke Gunji, Ryohei Hasegawa, Max Weitemeier, Alex Qanbery, Ryan Shakirae, Nagi Nakagawa, Ian Crispin, and Domenic Cusano.