Not so fast folks.
Newton's ICTS Pegasus and Cloverdale's Surrey United Firefighters served notice they are still forces to be reckoned with thanks to a pair of wins over the top teams in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League's premier division last weekend.
Defending league champion Pegasus dispatched second-place West Van 3-2 at Newton Athletic Park Friday, one day before B.C. champion Surrey United dispatched league-leading Columbus by an identical score.
With Imperial Cup and Provincial Cup playdowns set to begin, the wins by the Horsemen and Firemen serve notice that the premier league is not a two-horse race.
"Anything can happen in cup play," warned Surrey United coach Rob Reed. "It's a one-game elimination and you have to be ready. A lot of teams are trying to ramp it up and peak at the right time now. There's definitely going to be some interesting games on the horizon."
In Newton Friday, Pegasus outlasted the visitors from North Van thanks to the talented toes of Asad Palani. The Pegasus vet scored the first goal of the game and then set up Goldie Takhar and Niko Marcina for solo markers to lift the Horsemen to the win.
Saturday it was Surrey United's turn to play spoiler, this time in dramatic fashion. Trailing 2-0 at the half, Surrey stormed back with three unanswered goals in the final 45 minutes to stun Columbus.
Golden boot leader Angus Burke led the charge with a pair of goals while Colin Streckman netted the other Surrey marker.
Elsewhere, the Delta United Hurricanes salvaged their weekend with two goals from Danny Badesha to earn a 2-2 draw with Norvan Pacific.
Newton's Rovers CCBTU's late season struggles continued with a 2-0 road-loss to cellar-dwelling Vancouver Olympics.