The KPU Eagles defeated the Quest Kermodes 1-0 in a PACWEST women's soccer game Saturday at Newton Athletic Park.

KPU men blanked at home

Kwantlen Eagles soccer teams in a fight for PACWEST playoff positions

Two losses at home have dropped the Kwantlen Polytechnic (KPU) Eagles men’s soccer team back to .500 and into a four-team race for three playoff positions.

The Eagles were blanked 1-0 by the Quest Kermodes Saturday afternoon and lost 2-0 to the Vancouver Island Mariners Sunday in a pair of Pacific Northwest (PACWEST) Conference games at Newton Athletic Park.

Now at 3-3-3 (won-tied-lost), the Eagles are in second place, one points ahead of Quest, the Langara Falcons and Douglas College Royals. The top four teams will qualify for the provincial playoff Oct. 25-26 in Squamish.

Saturday was KPU’s best chance to earn some  points. The Eagles attacked from the start, and thought they had taken an early lead. But an offside call wiped out the goal, and although they created several chances over the 90 minutes, were unable to get on the scoreboard.

Rylan Sangha, Holy Cross high school graduate Dalton San and Seaquam Secondary graduate Jacob Starheim combined to press for a tying goal, without success.

“I thought we played really well, created chances and a had beautiful goal that didn’t make it on the sheet,” said head coach Srdjan Djekanovic. We kept pushing forward but goals changed games, they got one and unfortunately for us the ball just didn’t want to cross that line for us again today.”

The first-place Mariners scored once in each half to get the win Sunday, and increase their lead over the Eagles to 11 points in the standings.

KPU’s women’s team picked up four points from two games on the weekend, and with their 3-3-3 mark are in fourth place, six points clear of the fifth-place Quest Kermodes.

The Eagles topped Quest 1-0 on Saturday at Newton Athletic Park. First-year midfielder Chloe Bottrell netted the lone goal of the game for the Eagles, while rookie netminder Chantalle Bracken earned her second consecutive shutout.

“We had lots of energy and lots of intensity in the second half and it made all the difference,” said KPU head coach Julie King, “We were also able to minimize the impact of our mistakes. We’re not perfect but our mistakes haven’t hurt us like they have in the past.”

Against first-place Vancouver Island University Sunday in Newton, the Eagles were satisfied with a scoreless tie.

KPU rookie Simran Meelu was a standout in goal for the Eagles, earning the shutout with several key saves, including one on a penalty.

The two Eagles teams will play twice against the Capilano Blues next weekend, kicking off in North Vancouver Saturday before games Sunday at noon (women) and 2:00 p.m. (men) at Newton Athletic Park.

The Blues are in the basement of both the men’s and women’s standings. The Blues’ women are 0-3-5, while Capilano’s men’s team is 1-1-6.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

It’s election day in B.C. (Black Press files)
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

Preliminary results indicate a Surrey-Cloverdale win for the NDP’s Mike Starchuk. (File)
Mike Starchuk leading Marvin Hunt in Surrey Cloverdale

MAP: B.C. provincial election results for Surrey-Cloverdale

Surrey firefighters battle a house fire near the 70A Avenue and 126A Street intersection early Sunday morning. According to a witness, it appears that the occupants were able to get out without injury. (Shane MacKichan photos)
PHOTOS: Fire causes extensive damage to Surrey home

Occupants able to escape without injury: witness

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

(Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay)
QUIZ: A celebration of colour

Fall in British Columbia is a time to enjoy a spectrum of vivid colours

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Mounties looking for teen boy ‘unlawfully at large’ from Riverview psychiatric hospital

Nolan Godron left the hospital, located at 2721 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, without consent on Saturday

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Hydro map showing where power has been knocked out is dotted with over a dozen outages. (BC Hydro map screenshot)
Thousands without power in Lower Mainland on election day

One outage in Langley and Surrey is affecting over 4,000 customers

One dead after fiery crash near Agassiz

Agassiz RCMP report a 56-year-old man died Friday night

Most Read