BC Soccer Premier League game of the week: Surrey United SC v. Mountain United FC
By Lev Jackson
The EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League comes out of its winter freeze this weekend
The weekend marks the opening games of the second ever BCSPL season.
To optimize coverage for BC Soccer fans, Beacon News will feature a game of the week preview each week for the entirety of the season.
On Saturday, the U14 Surrey United SC will take on Mountain United FC in the first game of the week matchup.
The match is expected to be action packed, and is a rematch of last years’ U13 BCSPL League Cup Final, a game in which Mountain edged their Surrey rivals 2-1.
Jeff Clarke, technical director for Surrey United says that every time the two sides meet, fireworks are to be expected.
“Every time we play that game, it’s very, very fast, competitive, spirited, entertaining game. Both teams play very attractive brands of soccer, but at the same time are very dangerous coming forward. It just makes for an exciting experience.”
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To their credit, the Surrey side won the 2012 Provincial Premier Cup final against Thompson Okanagan FC, despite falling short in the League Cup Final.
While neither roster has changed much in the off-season, one glaring change to the Mountain side a new face behind the bench where head coach Andrea Agnoloni takes over the reigns.
Agnoloni is aware of the difficulties but relishes the challenge of coaching a new group.
“It’s always challenging to have a new squad,” said Agnoloni. “Trying to learn all the things they can do better, try to take advantage of their strengths, hide their weaknesses. It’s always fun when you have a new squad.”
Like Clarke, Agnoloni expects no less than an action packed game on Saturday.
“It’s the first game of the league and things are new for me. New team, I just took it over. I am sure there is going to be nice competition, because they closed out B.C. last season when we won. Because of that I’m sure Surrey will look forward to the rematch. So I am expecting it’s going to be good game, competitive and intense.”
The game takes place at Hjorth Road Park in Surrey with kickoff at 4.
The Guildford Athletic Club is now a new partner of Surrey United and will host their first ever BCSPL match ever as a regional development partner.