There will be no home team when the A Cup provincial men’s soccer final is played at Royal Athletic Park on May 4.
Bays United, the 2012-13 Vancouver Island Soccer League champions and Jackson Cup winners, dropped its provincial playoff game 5-2 to West Vancouver on Saturday.
The game was tied 1-1 until a penalty kick put West Van up 2-1. A late flurry of goals ended in West Vancouver’s favour.
The VISL can still be represented in the final, however, as Cowichan FC moved on with a 2-1 win over Langley.
Cowichan hosts a semifinal match on May 4.
The situation was much better in the women’s A Cup draw as the Castaways defeated Richmond 1-0 and Prospect Lake defeated Coquitlam 2-1. Both clubs move on to semifinals. Castaways will visit powerhouse Surrey United, which eliminated the Vic A’s 8-1. Prospect Lake will host North Shore.
In women’s B Cup (tier 2) play Vic West and Prospect Lake were eliminated. Gorge FC won 6-5 in penalty kicks over North Shore.
Gorge will host the Magnuson Mariners (Abbotsford) in the B Cup semifinal at Hampton this Sunday Aprill 28 at 2 p.m. Prospect Lake hosts the North Shore in the other B Cup semi at Layritz, at noon on Sunday, April 28.
In men’s B Cup (Div. 2) play, Prospect Lake lost 3-2 to the mainland’s Dynamos at Layritz.
Down 2-0, Prospect came back to tie it 2-2, but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal and surrendered the winner with 10 minutes to go.
Comox (VISL) won its match 4-0 and will move on to the semi-finals.
Victoria’s chances looked promising in the under-21 provincial draw with two local teams. Westcastle (West Shore) lost 1-0 to Guildford and the Victoria Highlanders (U18) lost 4-1 to Port Moody. The Highlanders’ Mid Isle squad based in Nanaimo also missed out on its chance to make the semifinals.
In the over-35 masters and classics category, the Gorge FC’s men’s team failed to advance as did the UVic Alumni’s men’s team, while the Gorge FC women’s team has an automatic berth in the classics final coming out of the South Island.
A Cup, B Cup, masters/classics and under-21 finals all all be played May 11 at Royal Athletic Park.
– This story has been corrected from the print version that ran in the April 24 Victoria News. Dates and times of the Provincial A and B Cup semifinals were erroneously posted as May 4.