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Burnaby South finishes fifth on home soil at AAA boys' soccer provincials

The Rebels tallied a record of 4-1, winning their final three matches of the 2023 tournament at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.
Burnaby South Rebels forward Emiliano Gonzalez (left) tries to get past a Reynolds defender in the first half of their second round match at the 2023 BC Secondary Schools AAA senior boys' soccer provincials on Thursday, Nov. 23, at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.

Burnaby South Secondary rallied to claim a top-five ranking at the 2023 B.C. soccer provincial championships this past weekend.

The host-Rebels combined for a 4-1 record and a fifth-place finish among 16 teams that competed for the AAA senior boys' blue banner at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West (3677 Kensington Ave.).

The black and yellow's 2-1 record from the group stage relegated them to the fifth-to-eighth-place bracket, as per tournament rules for elimination play.

Burnaby needed a skills contest to claim the highest ranking possible, defeating Argyle Secondary (North Vancouver) by a score of 1-1 (4-2 on penalty kicks) on Saturday, Nov. 24.

A day earlier, Nov. 24, the Rebels shut out Abbotsford Senior 2-0 to reach their consolation bracket's final.

The team's lone loss of the week was to the eventual provincial-champion Reynolds Secondary (Victoria) during the round-robin on Thursday, Nov. 23.

Burnaby South's game-by-game results were as follows:

  • 1-1 (4-2 on penalties) win over Argyle
  • 2-0 win over Abbotsford Senior
  • 3-2 win over North Peace (Fort St. John)
  • 2-0 loss to Reynolds
  • 3-0 win over Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey)

South finished with a silver in Burnaby New Westminster Schools Athletic Association (BNWSAA) league play, falling to North 1-0 in the final.

They also claimed a bronze medal at Fraser North AAA district playoffs, earning a spot at provincials with a 1-0 victory over Dr. Charles Best Secondary (Coquitlam).