Times Colonist

St. Andrew’s makes return trip to final

- RON RAUCH rrauch@timescolon­ist.com

Three years ago, St. Andrew’s hosted the B.C. single-a senior boys’ soccer championsh­ip and lost the final to St. John Brebeuf from Abbotsford.

St. Andrew’s has made it back to the provincial­s, which start Thursday at St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops with six Grade 12s back for another shot at the title.

“I know that St. Ann’s has a very strong team but other than that, I’m going into the tournament blind,” said St. Andrew’s coach Mark Cristante. “Our No. 1 goal is to win our pool. You have to win your pool to make it to the championsh­ip semifinals.”

St. Andrew’s is in a pool with St. Ann’s, Unity Christian and Bulkley Valley Christian.

St. Andrew’s plays Bulkley Valley Christian and Unity Christian on Thursday before completing round-robin play on Friday against St. Ann’s. The final is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

St. Andrew’s won the lone Island berth to the provincial­s with a 5-0 win over Port Hardy and 4-0 victory against North Island Senior Secondary.

“Two of the leaders on our team are Leo Falzon and Gogio de Paolis,’’ said Cristante.

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