Oct 29, 2018
As the adage goes: “Anything can happen in the Playoffs”. That was the case this past weekend in the PACWEST Provincial Tournament as the Langara College Falcons Men’s Soccer team took to the pitch against the Douglas College Royals. The Falcons were not only playing for a spot in the gold medal match, but a spot in the CCAA National Tournament.
Finishing 0-4 against the Royals in the regular season, Falcons play had to be top notch – and it was exactly that. After a brilliant strike in the 34th by defender James Millar, the Falcons held on to the lead until the last seconds of stoppage time, when the Royals equalized. Both extra time periods were scoreless, leading to the shootout where 5th year keeper Kevin Monk registered 3 saves cementing both his bid for Player of the Game and a berth in Nationals for the Falcons.
On Saturday, the Falcons played against the Capilano University Blues in the Gold medal match. Down 2-0, the Falcons’ relentless pressure was rewarded as PACWEST Rookie of the Year Emmanuel Ekeh scored in the 68th minute. The Blues would hold strong the remainder of the way despite numerous Falcons chances and go on to win the Gold.
The CCAA National Tournament will be hosted by Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI from November 7th to November 10th. The last time the Falcons competed in the CCAA National Tournament was in 2006, and last medaled in 2001.