Mouat’s Anneke de Klerk battles for the ball against Sardis on April 12 (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Mouat Hawks place third at first-ever soccer invitational

Strong showing for hosts at inaugural senior girls soccer event

The MRC Fields were packed last week for the first-ever W.J. Mouat Invitational soccer tournament.

The debut event saw 12 senior girls soccer teams from the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland battle it out for bragging rights.

Chilliwack’s Sardis Falcons beat Langley’s DW Poppy Red Hawks 2-0 in Thursday’s final to claim top spot.

The third place game saw the host Mouat Hawks defeat the Abbotsford Panthers 3-1. The Rick Hansen Hurricanes were named the most sportsmanlike team at the event.

Other teams participating included: the MEI Eagles, Abbotsford Traditional Titans, St. John Brebeuf Bears, Chilliwack Storm, Pitt Meadows Marauders and Gleneagle Talons.

Teams played three games on April 12, with the top four teams receiving a first round playoff bye for games on April 13.

Mouat senior girls soccer team head coach Mike Perry said it was a great debut for the tournament, and that he expects the event to become an annual stop on the calendar for surrounding senior girls soccer teams.

“It was a very successful two-day event that saw some great teams playing some great soccer,” he said.

The Hawks also placed third at the annual Best of the Best tournament in Chilliwack earlier this month.

The B.C. high school soccer season is underway now, with the Fraser Valley championships occurring in mid-May.

The provincials run in late-May and early-June.