There were a few mistakes made but the St. Andrew’s Sabres executed at the level they knew they could. The boys soccer team won the A provincial championship in Kamloops on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Mulgrave (West Vancouver).
“We never played a bad game,” said coach Mark Cristante.
“Even the game we lost we deserved to win (against Unity Christian).
“The boys were well focused and took it very serious, from meal preparation to ice baths, the seniors led and the others followed.”
Cristante is a former UVic Vike and Gorge senior men’s player and has been the head coach for the past three years.
St. Andrew’s was AA last year and because of fluctuating numbers has done the yo-yo between A and AA over the past few seasons. The Sabres last won a provincial A title in 2003.
This year’s provincial run consisted of a 7-0 win over Bulkley Valley, 4-3 loss to Unity Christian, 5-0 win over host St. Ann’s and a 3-1 playdown win over Pemberton.
Giordano De Paolis scored twice against Mulgrave in the final and Fabian De la Fuente scored the other. De Poalis’ eight goals in five games won him the golden boot award while the tournament MVP when to St. Andrew’s Leo Falzon.
Results from final day of the Single A Provincial Boys Soccer Championship
Game 1St. Andrew’s 7 Bulkley Valley Christian 0Sabres MVP Eli Kameratsos
Game 2 Lost to Unity Christian 4-3Sabres MVP Tarnvir Bhandal
Game 3St. Andrew’s 5 St. Ann’s 0Sabres MVP Giordano de Paolis
Game 4 PlayoffsSt. Andrew’s 3 Pemberton 1Sabres MVP Leo Falzon
Game 5 FinalSt. Andrew’s 3 Mulgrave 0Game MVP goalie Sheldon Donaldson
16. South Pointe15. Fraser Lake14. Bulkley Valley13. A.L Fortune12 Osoyoos11. St. Ann’s Academy10. Immaculata9. Nakusp
8 Unity Christian7. Kelowna Christian6. Credo Christian5. South Ridge4. Pemberton3. West Point Grey2. Mulgrave1. St. Andrew’s
Golden Boot – Girodano DePoalis, eight goals, St. Andrew’sTournament MVP – Leo Falzon, St. Andrew’s