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.

Just Posted

B.C. reservists gather for military communications training in Chilliwack

Canadian Army’s communication skills are used in battle as well as domestic emergencies

VIDEO: ‘Heroes’ rescue teenager trapped in vehicle in water-filled ditch in Chilliwack

Two men sprang into action, holding 17-year-old’s head out of water as they pried open door

Sarah Wark rallies to beat Prince Edward Island at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Wark wasn’t at the top of her game, but her team did enough to improve to 6-3 overall.

GW Graham junior boys play underdog role at basketball provincials

One of two at-large seeds in the 32 team field, the Grizzlies face a tough opponent out of the gate.

Unfinished business for GW Graham basketball Grizzlies at AA provincials

GWG’s senior girls squad advanced to the final before losing in 2018 and look to win it all in 2019.

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas resumes battle with suspended staff

Committee meets at B.C. legislature to consider new allegations

Northern B.C. train derailment due to broken axle could happen again: TSB

CN coal train derailment caused by broken axle can happen again without a different way to inspect

Most Read