Newton's Rover CCBTU tasted defeat for the first time this season when they were tripped up 2-1 by upstart Estrella de Chile in Vancouver Metro Soccer League premier play in Burnaby Friday night.
The win allowed Chile to leapfrog past the Rovers into top spot in the premier standings.
The Newton lads opened the scoring in the 15th minute when a Sam Gill pass sprung Dever Orgill into the Chilean zone. Orgill eluded a couple of Chile defenders before depositing the ball into the bottom of the net.
The scored stayed at 1-0 through halftime. The host side battled back in the final frame, pulling even on a penalty kick in the 75th minute and then taking over the lead for good five minutes later on a header by Stephane Kamtcheu.
"We just have to put this behind us and move on," said Rovers coach Ted Hans. "We lost to the second place team and now they're still only two points ahead of us in the standings. It's one loss so let's forget it and get ready for Norvan this Saturday."
Elsewhere, Newton's ICST Pegasus returned to their sputtering offensive form in a 1-1 draw with Columbus in Port Coquitlam Saturday.
Pegasus' goalkeeper Andy Singh came up with a couple of remarkable stops to keep the game scoreless through halftime.
The Horsemen broke the deadlock in the 60th minute when Azad Palani slotted the ball home on a breakaway. The Pegasus joy was short-lived, however, as Columbus answered with a goal of their own 10 minutes later to doom both teams to a single point in the standings.
On Sunday afternoon, hurricane weather was not to the liking of the Delta United Hurricanes, who fell by a familiar 1-0 score to the Surrey United Firefighters in a rematch of May's Provincial Cup final.
Coming off a national championship appearance derailed by injuries, the Firemen were ripe for the picking, but the Hurricanes were unable to take advantage of their battered opponents.
"It was quite the game," said former Pegasus coach Rob Reed, who made his debut on the empty bench of his former archrivals at Surrey United.
"The rain was coming down sideways and we definitely needed hurricane gear. When you factor that in with all the other circumstances with injuries and missing players, we're happy to get such a great result. We only had let's call it 10-and-a-half players available so the cards were definitely stacked against us. The players who were there really stepped up and did the team proud."
Surrey goalkeeper Andrew Fink stymied the Hurricanes in the first half and Delta found themselves in a deep hole early in the second when a red card reduced their lineup to 10 men.
Surrey scored the only goal they would need in the 30th minute when former Canadian national team player Jeff Clarke launched a crossing pass for Andrew Proctor to nod into the Delta goal.
"It was a tough loss, especially because it was a derby game," said Delta United manager Billy Dhaliwal. "When you play teams like Surrey United, Pegasus and now the Rovers, you always get up for them because those games are a little more special. Now we have to rebound and get some points because we're stuck in that no-man's-land in the middle of the standings. We need to put a winning streak together."
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