Rapids gain ground

The Chilliwack Rapids Premier men’s soccer team completed a rare double-header this weekend, trying to make up games lost to poor weather conditions this winter.

On Friday night the Rapids hosted a young, hardworking Delta Metro United team. Chilliwack took the lead on a penalty shot converted by Andrew Slane midway through the first half. With five regulars out of the line-up, and a couple of early injuries, Chilliwack was unable to put Delta away for good. The visitors tied it up with a penalty shot of their own with 20 minutes to play.

On Sunday, Chilliwack again found itself with little depth on their roster as they traveled to Surrey to take on GN Sport, a team that has had recent success against some of the league’s top squads.

Sunday’s game was sloppy at times with poor field conditions and some questionable officiating, but the Rapids earned a 2-1 win.

After GN opened the scoring on a free kick goal, birthday-boy Ryan Laderoutte responded for the Rapids. Chilliwack went ahead for good early in the second after a nice cross by Cam Willmets was directed into the goal by a GN defender.

The win was big for Chilliwack. League leading Aldergrove lost its match Sunday, allowing the Rapids to keep top spot in view.

In other action, the division one men’s side lost the return match-up to Surrey Rangers after knocking the veteran team out of the Pakenham Cup a couple of weeks ago. The Rangers came in with revenge on their minds and handed the Rapids a 5-1 loss.

On the ladies side, the Rapids hosted the Sapperton Rovers in round-robin cup play. The hard-fought game produced little rewards as it finished 0-0 after regulation, giving each team one point in the cup standings.

Sapperton won the post-game shootout, a result that will only be used as a tie-breaking method if standings are tied after the first round.

All three Rapids teams will be away this weekend, with the division one men traveling to PoCo City on Friday, the Premiers visiting Langley United on Saturday, and the women taking on the Burnaby Canadians Sunday morning.

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