Jehmrode Kahlon of the Panthers dekes around an L.A. Matheson defender during the provincial bronze medal game on Nov. 24. (Rich Whitman photo)

Jehmrode Kahlon of the Panthers dekes around an L.A. Matheson defender during the provincial bronze medal game on Nov. 24. (Rich Whitman photo)

Panthers soccer earns provincial bronze

Abbotsford defeats L.A. Matheson in Burnaby to place third

The Abbotsford Panthers senior boys soccer team earned a provincial bronze medal over the weekend.

The club clinched the third place finish with a 3-0 win over the L.A. Matheson Mustangs on Saturday in Burnaby.

Jehmrode Kahlon scored twice and Marley Edwards added one in the win.

The event, which ran from Nov. 22 to 24 at Burnaby Lakes, saw the Panthers open with 2-0 wins over both Heritage Woods and Royal Bay on Nov. 22. Edwards scored both goals against Heritage Woods, with Kahlon and Ajai Boparai scoring in the Royal Bay game.

Abbotsford then played Burnaby Mountain to scoreless draw on Nov. 23 to end the pool play ranked as first in Pool C and the Panthers received a bye into the semifinal.

The Panthers matched up with Vancouver College in the semifinal, but fell 1-0 on Nov. 23. VC went on to win the provincial title.

“A great game between two very evenly matched teams who both played very disciplined and patient soccer,” said Panthers head coach Dean Fetterly after the game.

Kahlon was named to the tournament’s commissioner’s 11 squad for his strong play throughout the tournament. He moves on to the UFV Cascades men’s soccer team next year.

“One of the most impressive things was the defensive effort and Travis Inkster’s goalkeeping which kept five very good teams to one goal in total,” Fetterly added.

The bronze medal ends an impressive season for the Panthers, who won the Fraser Valley title for the first time since 2002 and also reached the provincials for the first time since 2005.

For more on the event, visit bcsssc-com.webs.com/aaa-provincial-championships.