SURREY — The Surrey United Firefighters maintained their unbeaten status with a come-from-behind 2-2 draw with NorVan in Vancouver Metro Soccer League action Saturday.
Playing in a driving rainstorm on the North Shore, Surrey struggled early and found themselves down 2-0 after just 10 minutes of play.
The Firemen quickly bounced back, cutting the gap to 2-1 in the 30th minutes when Tom Lowndes located a loose ball in a goalmouth scramble and poked it into the net.
Five minutes later Surrey pulled even when Roman Doutkevich banged home a crossing pass from Liam Miller to send the two teams into the break tied at 2-2.
In the second half, the weather improved somewhat and Surrey pressed to the attack. Despite dominating possession for much of the final 45 minutes, United was unable to score the go ahead goal.
“Weather was a huge factor in our game,” said Surrey coach Rob Reed. “The rain was coming down so hard I could not see across the field for about 25 minutes in the first half. It was literally a sheet of water coming down. I was surprised the referee didn’t stop the game. I’ve never seen rain like that before and it made it tough for the players to even see the whole field.”
The Firefighters’ draw was the lone bit of good news for the VMSL premier league’s Surrey teams. On Friday night, ICST Pegasus were caught napping after the halftime break en route to a 4-1 loss to the Metro Ford Wolves.
Metro Ford opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but on the ensuing kickoff, the Horsemen raced up the field and created some pressure on the Wolves defenders. Pegasus was rewarded for their efforts when Adam Costley deposited the ball in the back of the net to knot the count at 1-1.
Leading 2-1 at the break, the Wolves caught the Horsemen flat-footed when play resumed, needing just 30 second to stretch their lead to two goals.
The Wolves added another marker and forced the Horsemen into a hopeless game of desperation for the remainder of the contest.
“It wasn’t the best game for our defence,” said Pegasus coach Sipho Sibiya. “In the second half we fell behind and then we started chasing in an effort to catch up. It was one of those games where Metro Ford finished all of their chances and we couldn’t score on our chances.”
Newton’s other premier side also came up empty as CCB-RT United fell 4-2 to Croatia in Vancouver.
This weekend CCB-RT will host the Langley Hurricanes Friday at Newton Athletic Park (8:30 p.m. start).
Surrey United hosts Inter FC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cloverdale Athletic Park while Pegasus hits the road Sunday to take on Westside in Vancouver Sunday.
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