VMSL Masters Premier
CONGRATULATIONS CASTILIAN FAMILY!
After winning the VMSL Masters League Championship as well as the VMSL Masters A Cup, the Mighty Castilians would like to congratulate both the U14 MSL girls Castilians and the U13 Div. 1 Castilian Jrs teams on their recent Coastal Cup Championships. All three teams are to be commended on continuing the great winning tradition of the Castilian name.
CASTILIANS COASTAL CUP CHAMPIONS!
For the second straight year the Poco Castilians won their way into the Coastal Cup Championship game. Having tasted defeat in their first attempt, the girls did everything they could do position themselves in this year's finals.
As the U14 MSL league winners, Poco earned a first round bye, which led to a second round match versus Richmond. The ebb and flow of the match, found the hosts down 1-0 with 20 mins to go. The Castilians stayed vigilant in their game plan and their perseverance paid off as they found an equalizer inside the final three minutes. In extra time; with what turned out to be the last kick of the game, Poco produced a winning goal, 2-1. Next up was a semi-final match at home, with North Shore. This game was a tale of two halves. Poco dominated the first half and scored in the first five minutes. The second half however, saw our girls having to defend. The constant pressure from the visitors was relentless but our girls were equal to the task. The game ended with a 1-0 victory and a trip to the finals.
In what could be described as our best team performance of the season, our Castilian girls dominated the entire match. Every player on our team was outstanding!!! We moved the ball with precision and vision. We fought hard and won every battle for the ball. We created chance after chance only to be thwarted by a very good goalie. At the final whistle, the scoreline read 5-0 for Poco!! Our next challenge will be capturing the Provincial Cup. That tournament is in South Surrey from July 9-12th. Our girls will be ready!!!!!
WHEN WE ROOT, WE ROOT FOR CASTILIANS!
U13 Division 1
JRS. COASTAL CUP CHAMPIONS!
Juniors faced tough, physical reasonably well coached Cliff Avenue United on Sunday, May 3rd in the U13 Coastal Cup Final. Juniors, playing up a year have had an amazing cup run to date and this day would be no different. They came to the field early, they were focused, determined and hungry for their first of hopefully many Coastal Cups.
They looked sharp in warmup, they visualized what they needed to do and they motivated and inspired each other. The pitch was small and we knew it would be a scrappy affair. The Juniors came out strong and it was Jade who out muscled an opposing defender and then would firmly strike the ball into the far post. One nil Juniors. And it was Jade who struck again after some Tiki Taka in the middle of the park. 2 nil Juniors. Absolute pleasure to watch.
There were battles all over the park - Bella, Mysie and Adrien were all beasts at center mid and the opposition couldn't breathe without one of them in their shorts. The back line of Grace, Jules and Veggie was sturdy, powerful and relentless stomping out attempt after attempt in their own third. Flank players Hannah, Lanny and Kennedy provided speed, sklll and quick transitions. Link players Blaiser and Mak distributed the ball with precision and accuracy. Strikers Rachel, Jade and Stew were all handfuls with their quickness, aggression and physical abilities. And Frizz, our man of the match was impeccable. She controlled the box, was brilliant with her feet and made outstanding saves when they were needed most.
Congratulations young ladies - you should be very proud of yourselves.
Juniors will take a much needed break. Next up is the Starfire Tournament prior to provincials in July.
WHEN WE ROOT, WE ROOT FOR CASTILIANS!
CASTILIANS START SPRING PROGRAMMING.
The U9 Castilians started training this week and look to build on a very strong season.