Provincial Cup Dream Over, But Summer Soccer Awaits

Rino’s supporters were treated to 240 minutes of non-stop action this past Sunday as the fighting spirit of both Rino’s Fury and U-21 squads produced a pair of thrilling extra time affairs in the BCSA Provincial Cup.

The U-21’s kicked things off in the early match vs. Estrella de Chile. Rino’s boys controlled the tempo in the first half, but seemed to lack the cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. As luck would have it, Chile opened the scoring early in the 2nd half as a counter attack down the right flank lead to their player sliding the ball under the onrushing keeper. Rino’s were quick to reply as Grayson Allen latched onto a ball in the Chile penalty area and calmly deposited it in the net. Despite some good chances for both teams, neither could convert and the match went to extra time.

Chile struck first in the extra time period as their speedy substitute raced in on a breakaway and beat Rino’s goalkeeper Justin Roets. At this point the match went end-to-end with both teams taking turns attacking. Shortly thereafter, the same player repeated the feat, giving Chile a 3-1 lead. At this point the game really opened up and both teams took turns going on the attack. Into the second period of extra time, Rino’s mounted a great deal of pressure, which finally paid off in the form of a second goal for Grayson Allen, assisted by Konstantin Vasic who had pushed up from his centre back position. Rino’s kept pushing to the end, but couldn’t manage to draw level, and fell as the hard luck losers by a 3-2 scoreline.

The second match featured Rino’s Fury against VMSL Division 2A winners, Sarajevo FC. The Fury had a poor start to the match, conceding 2 goals in the first 30 minutes as the direct attacking soccer played by Sarajevo caused problems for their backline. After the halftime break, the Fury emerged like a new team, controlling the play with incisive passing and looking likely to score. The goals came courtesy of Cory Matheson, who was twice setup by Vinny Martin to draw the game level at 2-2. The pace of the game started to slow down, as both teams began committing unnecessary fouls, and a number of bookings were made by the referee. Then out of nowhere with just minutes left, Sarajevo’s #9 wriggled free of his marker and slotted Sarajevo into the lead. A defender was sacrificed for an extra forward as Rino’s Fury pushed for yet another equalizer. Ian Solven won a corner and all 11 Rino’s players pushed into the attacking half. As Vinny Martin’s corner kick swung into the box Ryan Arceneaux rose majestically above everyone and powered a header off the underside of the crossbar and into the net, knotting the score at 3-3!

As the teams returned to half, an altercation occurred, and each team had a player dismissed. When the kickoff took place, the fulltime whistle sounded and extra time beckoned. In the extra time period, Rino’s fitness appeared to be an advantage as high pressure lead to the Sarajevo keeper misplaying the ball near the top of the penalty area. The miscue lead to a great opportunity for striker Ian Solven, but he overhit his shot and sailed over the unguarded net. Sarajevo had their own chance to take the lead as a long free kick deflected off the fist of Nathan Verbeek and crashed off the left goalpost. With no one able to finish, the match went to the dread penalty shootout. Sarajevo shot first, and it was their keeper who blazed over with the first shot. He did however make amends with a smart save to his right on the Rino’s first shot. Both 2nd shooters scored, and it looked to be a tight battle. However, it was not to be as consecutive misses by Rino’s and successful penalties by Sarajevo eliminated them from the competition. It should be noted that folks from AFTN Canada were on hand, and compiled a first round wrap-up which includes a detailed report of this match.

The club now looks forward to participating in the 33rd edition of the Richmond Regional Soccer League. Matches kickoff next week with our Div 1 entry playing Ajyal Tigers on Thursday April 25, and Div 2 squad facing Richmond All Blacks on Tuesday April 23. Both of which are teams still alive in Provincial Cup Competition!

Two Rino’s Squads Set for Provincial Cup Kickoff This Sunday

Rino’s U-21 team have known for months that they would have a spot in this year’s BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournament. The early acknowledgment came as a result of a diminished FVSL division which fielded only 4 teams for the 2012/13 season, opening up extra spots for the competitive VMSL teams. Meanwhile, the VMSL Div 2 Rino’s Fury find themselves in a totally contrasting situation. Having feasted upon a little too much Christmas Turkey, the team posted a poor 1-2 record in January and slipped from the top of the table into a 3-way tie for second, missing out on promotion to Division 1. That poor league form was followed up by a first round cup exit, and the boys were waxing their skis/snowboards ready to hit the slopes for what was left of the winter.

Those plans changed abruptly when the league informed Rino’s that they were to contest a single match playoff against arch-nemesis Dasmesh FC for a spot in the Keith Millar Provincial B Cup. The playoff was deemed necessary due to irregularities found in the transfer market by Gastown FC, who were summarily barred from Provincial competition. The case has now been forwarded to FIFA to see if a transfer ban will be imposed on them during the summer window.

The playoff match was held at Andy Livingstone on Saturday March 16 and young veteran, Vincent Martin, turned back the clock with a lively performance that saw him pop up in the right spot to net 2 goals in a 2-1 victory over Dasmesh. The BCSA Senior Mens Provincial Cup Draw was then held on April 2 in Victoria, and saw both Rino’s squad draw familiar VMSL opposition. The Fury were drawn against Sarajevo FC, who they’ve met many times in seasons past. Meanwhile the U-21’s drew Estrella de Chile, with whom they split the season series with one win apiece.

The matches will take place on Sunday April 14 at Andy Livingstone. The U-21’s kickoff at 12:30pm, followed by the Fury at 3:00pm. Both teams are hoping for a solid turnout from the home supporters.

Rino’s Vancouver SC Undefeated to Start the Season

Rino’s Vancouver SC opened the winter season in impressive style with their 5 teams winning 4 matches and tying 1, meaning the club remains undefeated after the first round of matches in the 2012/2013 VMSL season.

The Twin Arrows got things started off at noon on Saturday with a 5-1 demolition of TSA Royals “B” in CAT A division action. Stewart Prince and Stuart Macdonald set the pitch at Andy Livingstone ablaze, as both were multiple goal scorers in leading the line for the Twin Arrows. Rino’s Div 1 and U-21 teams then played simultaneously at 4pm. The Div 1’s prevailed in their home opener at Point Grey Secondary, where Cyrus Greenall scored the decisive goal in a 1-nil blanking of AC Campobasso (see highlight video after the jump). Meanwhile, the U-21’s enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 road victory over the Richmond TSS Olympics at Minoru Oval. Goals for the U-21’s were provided by Paul Kook, Kyle Reed, and Taylor Dickau.

The Bulldogs kicked their season of Sunday morning at Trillium with a 2-nil victory over GFC C-Men United. Team captain Brian Deo opened the scoring early in the first half, while Rino’s Fury gaffer Derrick Freedman sealed the game with a second half strike in his first competitive match in 10 months. Finally, the Fury dominated possession and created numerous chances in their afternoon game at Point Grey, but only Francarlos Leon could find the back of the net as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw with a hard-working West Van Royals side.

All 5 teams are back in action next weekend, starting with the U-21 home opener on Friday night.

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U-21’s Romp Into Provincial Semi Finals

Rino’s Vancouver SC U21 9 – 1 Langley United U21

On a summer-like Sunday afternoon, the hottest place in Vancouver was the back of Langley’s net as Rino’s young squad scorched the United keeper for 9 goals and matched their largest margin of victory this season. Goals were scored by 6 different players including goalkeeper Justin Roets, as the comprehensive victory sees Rino’s Vancouver SC Under-21 team advance to the BC Provincial Cup Semi Finals next weekend.

Rino’s fielded the same starting XI as they did in their previous round’s victory over West Van FC, and it didn’t take long for the consistency to pay off as the chemistry between the players was evident 15 minutes into the match. Midfielder Nicholas Riley shimmied around a defender on the right flank, and whipped a low hard cross into the path of Alex Ivanovic who hammered the ball into the back of the net to give Rino’s a 1-0 lead.

The advantage was to be doubled shortly thereafter when Nicholas Johnston dribbled into the box and a Langley defender lunged at him, raking his leg and knocking the ball free. The referee allowed the play to continue as the ball fell to the feet of Drissa Bouare, but as he attempted to side-step his defender, he was brought down and a penalty was awarded. Coach Andrew Roets surprised everyone by calling on defender Ogy Mladenov to take the shot. Mladenov sent the goalkeeper diving to his right and then calmly deposited the ball into the net.

Not content with having won a penalty for his team, Bouare then created a great chance as he stripped a Langley defender of the ball near the halfway line and carried the ball up the left wing. Strike partner, Alex Ivanovic was waiting patiently in front of goal for what would have been a tap-in, but Bouare elected to shoot, and unfortunately his low drive to the far post was kicked out by the Langley keeper. However, shortly before half-time Ivanovic was sprung for a breakaway by a through-ball from Taylor Dickau. Ivanovic’s first strike was parried by the keeper, but he did well to hold off a defender and get his own rebound which he put home for a 3-0 Rino’s half-time lead.

The second half saw numerous substitutions made by coach Roets as he got his entire bench into the game, but that did little to slow down the team’s momentum as the fresh legs paid instant dividends. Within a minute of the restart, a free kick from the left was floated into the Langley penalty and met on the volley by Drissa Bouare, who celebrated his fine strike with an even more impressive backflip!

The onslaught continued as 2 excellent goals by Jako Fuat were split by a tidy Koju Kojwang finish, bringing the team’s tally to 7. Fuat then won a penalty, which was converted by Rino’s goalkeeper Justin Roets! Langley then managed to peg 1 goal back, but it was eventually Fuat who rounded out the scoring on the day as his 3rd goal completed his hat-trick and ended a nightmare afternoon for the visitors.

Rino’s Vancouver SC will now host Victoria Highlanders of the Vancouver Island Soccer League in the Semi Finals of the BC Soccer Men’s Provincial Under 21 Doug Day Cup. The match will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Andy Livingstone. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00pm.

U-21’s Knock Out Reigning VMSL Champions West Van FC

West Van FC U21 2 – 4 Rino’s Vancouver SC U21

Rino’s Vancouver SC Under-21 team staged a heroic 2nd half comeback on Sunday to upend the reigning VMSL League and Cup Champions, West Van FC on the strength of a hat-trick by Bezhar Mauloud. With Rino’s facing a 2-1 deficit and only 30 minutes remaining to play, Mauloud took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring first with a free kick, then a penalty, and finally from open play.

West Van FC opened the scoring, late in the first half with a controversial goal resulting from a scramble in the penalty area. Rino’s defender Brent Petersen cleared the ball as it was heading goal-ward, but the referee’s assistant adjudged his intervention to be too late and awarded the goal after deeming that the ball had in fact crossed the goal-line. Rino’s tried to equalize, but West Van’s defense held to them mostly long range shots which their keeper easily dealt with.

In the 2nd half, West Van FC were able to double their lead as they took advantage of a breakdown in the Rino’s backline, and attacked the goal with numbers. The 2-goal margin didn’t last long however, as Rino’s striker Zako Fuat cut into the lead with a deft chip over West Van’s goalkeeper. Shortly thereafter, the Bezhar Mauloud show began, as the diminutive maestro fired a free kick beyond the goalkeeper’s reach to level the game at 2-2. Then when teammate Drissa Bouare was bundled over in the West Van FC penalty area, “B” was called upon again and delivered the goods with a fine penalty that sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and gave Rino’s the 3-2 lead. Finally “B” put the game out of West Van’s reach as Fuat layed the ball off to him and he expertly slid it under the West Van keeper.

Rino’s Vancouver SC U21 Head Coach Andrew Roets called the game a “rollercoaster,” and urged his team to “keep focused and continue the game winning spirit, attitude and teamwork that they showed in this victory.”

Rino’s Vancouver SC U21 team will now face Langley United of the Fraser Valley Soccer League who advanced from their first round match with a 1-0 victory over Peninsula United. The quarter-final cup match up will be played on Sunday, April 22 with a 1pm kickoff at Memorial South Turf.

U-21's Draw West Van FC in Provincial Cup

Rino’s Vancouver SC were drawn this week to play fellow Vancouver Metro Soccer League club, West Van FC, in the 2012 Doug Day Cup – BC Soccer U21 Men’s Provincial Championships. The two teams met three times in league play this season, with West Van holding a 2-1 edge. Rino’s U-21 squad will be looking to exact revenge on their opponents who also knocked them out of the VMSL

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U-21 Cup. The match will take place at 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 15 at Ambleside Turf in West Vancouver.

The full U-21 draw:

Video from the draw:

U21 Match 8 – Croatia SC

Coming into this game after winning 4 consecutive games, the U21 squad came into this game with confidence and the desire to destroy the Croatian team that luckily beat us in our opening season 4-3. With Justin in goal, our D unit( Max, Mike, Tom, Ogy, Brent), hardworking midfielders (Koju, Nick, Bezhar, Malcolm, Etienne) and our forwards (Drissa, Paul, Zako, Alex), gave croatia a nightmare.

The team was up and ready for revenge. First 10 mn of the game, we controlled the game and had early chances; however, after 5 mn, our speedy asian messi had a break away and smashed the ball on the back of the net. 5 minutes after, our creative midfielder Nick Johnston sent a sweet ball through to Paul who just had one thing on mind:” Let me get another goal”. One would thing this satisfied the young Rinos, but noooo we went back for more. Koju, who was dictating the midfield and imposing his swag, finally got a goal when he blasted a gorgeous 40 m strike straight on to the post and then back in the net. This goal is by far the best goal in the league. Once more, our defense show their strenght, skills and built a wall on the defence. Beezhar was making a fool out of those defenders and playing with them on the left wing. A nice cut back from Bee to Big Dris who took a shot but got blocked; however, since he is so generous he decided to send a perfect cross in the box on top of the shortest man in the team’s head. Guess what?

Paul score his first header in his football career and that got him his first hat trick with 10 mn to play to the half time. Just amazing. The team was on fire. Paul gets fouled in the box, the defender get sent off and guess what Drissa steps up and is ready to hit the back of the net. A well taken penalty by Drissa gave the young Rinos a 5-0 lead going into the second half. At this point the coach decided to bring in Zacko, Nick Riley, Alex, Malcolm and Ogy to even bring the punishment to the next level. The opponent came strong in the second half however nothing to worry about because we got the best defence and keeper in the league. We just decided to go easy on them and not humiliate them so much.

But Nick Riley did not agree with that statement and hit a free kick low and hard in the bottom corner of the helpless, ugly-looking keeper net. Once more Drissa showed his class by collecting the ball on top of the 18 turned and hit a sweet strike on the back of the net. He was satisfied 7 goals in 8 games. Some more chances were created but the frustrated coach of Croatia got sent off for swearing to the ref. He couldn’t believe his young croatians were being humiliated and beaten by the handsome U21 sqaud. We outmuscled them, we outrunned them and we could see that our training was paying off. Speedy winger Malcom was all over these defenders and he finally got on the scoresheet. His first goal of the season and guess what that goal was pure class. There we were 8-0 against Croatia SC. Teams should get scared when they face the Rinos because we don’t go easy on no team. If you touch us you will burn yourself, that’s how hot we are these days. The team worked hard and is ready to take on Norvan next friday.

SWEET REVENGE BABY!

U21 Match 2 – Norvan Saints

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After a disapointing loss in week one the U21s came out strong.

The team was strong from the back starting with a bounce back week from keeper Anthony, as well as a solid defensive core including Max, Mike, Ogy, David, and JCW. Everyone came out strong and were put the pressure on right away. The team was rewarded with an early goal that displayed the teamwork the this team already possess. In the second half the fact that we had a short bench had tooken its toll, and the fitness training at practice was put to the test. The U21s were playing extremely defensive and were countering the play well due to the speed we had up front. They were able to hold them off long enough to preserve a much needed and deserved W (Which was the first of the season for the club.)

U21 Match 1 – Croatia SC

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The Under 21 team came in with high hopes for the season being that many improvements that were made over the off season.  Most notably a  much improved staff of forwards that did not disappoint in the opening game.

 

Coming into the game with a mentality that losing was not an option and  the U21 squad came out swinging, scoring two goals in the first 25 minutes, both scored by newcomer Drissa.  Both goals assisted by some nice hussle from Paul.  Everyone was contributing from the back forward winning at least 75% of the balls in the air and the duece Nick combo controlled the middle of the field (Aswell as Benzar in the second half). Things were on the up and up, but before the blink of an eye two goals were scored against both on sfaap rebounds of free kicks.  When confidence was low we went and got it back, with Paul scoring again before half. Coming out at half with loads of confidence it was a couple more unfortunate goals that were scored again and eventually ended up being the U21″s demise. One being off another free kick from half and the other was an unfortunate penalty kick where they made no mistake.  Unfortunately putting an end to the U21″s first game where the second best team won.

Rino’s Open Winter 2011-2012 Season On The Road

All 3 of Rino’s teams will open their season on the road this weekend.

DIV 1: Friday, 8pm vs. NK Hrvat @ Van Tech Turf
U21: Friday, 8pm vs. Croatia @ Trillium Turf West
DIV 2: Saturday, 1pm vs. IFC Polonia @ BBY Lake West #2

Schedule updates can always be found on the VMSL Website