The Fraser Valley celebrate a second place finish at the Phoenix Cup in March. (Submitted)

Fraser Valley U15s finish second in Arizona

Local soccer team impresses at annual Phoenix Cup showcase event

The Fraser Valley U15 boys soccer team returned from the Arizona sun with a strong finish at the annual Phoenix Cup Worldwide Premier Showcase Event.

The event, which ran from March 22 to 24, saw 270 male and female teams from eight different age groups hit the pitch.

Fraser Valley was slotted in the U15 diamond group, and opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Arizona’s Real Salt Lake Academy on March 22. The club dominated on March 23, with a 2-0 win over Arizona’s SC Del Sol and then a 3-0 win over Arizona’s West Valley club.

Those three results left the Fraser Valley squad with a 2-1 record in the round robin, and a first place finish in the A bracket of the U15 diamond group. The first place finish then set up Fraser Valley for a division final match against Phoenix Rising FC from Scottsdale on March 24.

The final game was close, but with just seconds left on the clock, PRFC scored to win the game and the division. Team officials were thrilled with the showing by Fraser Valley at the event, noting that no team from the region has ever reached a final in the six-year history of the Arizona-based tournament.

“I’m so proud of my players over the past few days, they have all worked so hard,” stated head coach Dave Corke. “They are a credit to the team, their families and the Fraser Valley.”

Fraser Valley’s most valuable player at the event was Tyler Prokuda-Schnell, and the club was also led by team captain Tobi Regehr.

The Phoenix Worldwide Premier Showcase Event is one of the elite tournaments in the southwest, attracting hundreds of college coaches looking for talent. Fore more information on the event, visit phoenixcup.com.

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