Rapids dump Delta in opener

Fraser Valley Soccer League
Chilliwack Rapids

The new look Chilliwack FC Rapids made their Fraser Valley Soccer League debut last weekend, with games at the Premier, U-21 and masters levels.

The Premier squad opened their season Friday night with an impressive 4-1 win over visiting North Delta at Exhibition Stadium.

Playing in front of a small but boisterous crowd, the Rapids got two goals from Jaye Amberg, a single from Robbie Fadden and an own-goal from North Delta.

“It was fast-paced and Chilliwack dominated most of the play against a North Delta team that was a top team last year,” said Rapids manager Roop Virk. “It was a good first test, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. The team is on the right track, but they haven’t hit their peak.”

The U-21 squad hit the pitch on Saturday, coming up with a 4-3 win over Langley United.

Chilliwack never trailed, getting goals from Amberg, Dawson Lindahl and Adam Wilson along with an own-goal from Langley.

“They’ve been practicing with the premier side and it’s making a big difference,” Virk said. “Like the premier side, this isn’t the best the U-21’s can do, but it’s a promising start for them.”

The masters team was the only one to suffer a loss, dropping a 3-2 decision to visiting Aldergrove on Sunday.

“We had a lot of guys who haven’t played in years,” said Virk. “Hans Kreitner hasn’t played in seven years, but he’s one of the best raw talents we ever had in Chilliwack. He’s been inspired to come out and play again.”

The Rapids dominated territorially, but lacked finish around the net.

Merv Byers scored both Chilliwack goals in spectacular fashion.

“He actually went through their entire defence twice,” Virk said.

The masters crew is on the road this weekend, facing the Surrey FC Caps Friday night in Newton.

The U-21 squad is home Friday night at 8 p.m., hosting the Peace Arch Wolves at Exhibition Stadium.

The Premier team visits the TWU Titans on Saturday.

“We want to really encourage people to come out and watch some of these games,” Virk said. “It’s good soccer and it’s family friendly and we’d love to see two hundred people in the stands when we play.”

Get more league info online at www.fraservalleysoccer.com.