Reynolds, Oak Bay in run­ning for Colonist Cup

Times Colonist - - Sports - CLEVE DHEENSAW

Beep. Beep.

There hasn’t been a coy­ote wily enough, or an anvil heavy enough, to stop the Reynolds Road­run­ners this year or last year. They ran into the Colonist Cup fi­nal with a 2-0 vic­tory over the St. Michaels Univer­sity School Blue Jags in the semi­fi­nals Tues­day at a soggy Brae­foot Park.

It is a reprise of 2016, in which the Road­run­ners won their first Colonist Cup since 1983. The Colonist Cup is em­blem­atic of Lower Is­land boys’ high school soc­cer supremacy, and over the decades, fu­ture pros, Olympians and World Cup play­ers have com­peted for it.

Reynolds then cel­e­brated the school’s 50th an­niver­sary in grand style in 2016 when the Road­run­ners cap­tured their first B.C. cham­pi­onship with a ros­ter that in­cluded sev­eral play­ers that went on to be­come U Sports fresh­man this sea­son.

There seems to be no let­ting up in 2017 as the Road­run­ners won the AAA Is­land cham­pi­onships last week to again ad­vance to provin­cials.

The Road­run­ners will face Oak Bay in the Colonist Cup fi­nal Thurs­day at 5:30 p.m. at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium on the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria cam­pus. It is a re­match of the Is­land fi­nal, in which Reynolds edged the Bays 3-2.

Oak Bay ad­vanced with a 4-0 semi­fi­nal vic­tory at home Tues­day over the Royal Bay Ravens.

“Reynolds has built up quite the pro­gram and the Road­run­ners will be a chal­lenge,” said Rich Fast, who in his 15 sea­sons of co-coach­ing Oak Bay with Brent Gar­raway, has guided the Bays to five Colonist Cup ti­tles.

“[Road­run­ners] are skilled, ef­fec­tive and dan­ger­ous; and they pun­ish you for your mis­takes. But our guys are go­ing to be fired up.”

Royal Bay Ravens’ Jaden Jeske, left, fights for the ball with Oak Bay’s Leif St. Bright dur­ing the Colonist Cup semi­fi­nals on the Oak Bay turf field on Tues­day.

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