It came down to goal differential and the D.W. Poppy Redhawks came out on the short end of the stick.
The Redhawks senior boys’ soccer team was at the AA provincial soccer championships at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex Nov. 21-23.
And Poppy went 2-0-1 in round robin action, with their draw coming against the Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons. So with both teams have an equal number of points, the Gryphons won the pool thanks to a greater goal differential, finishing at +11, three better than the Redhawks.
“It just came down to goal differential,” said Poppy’s Kyle Barry, who coaches the team with Carl Hunter.
“That would have put us through to the final four.”
Instead, the Redhawks had to watch as Glenlyon Norfolk captured the provincial title, while Poppy lost its last to matches, both by a 1-0 score to Archbishop Carney and Sands, to finish eighth at the 16-team tournament.
“For sure we take pride in that,” Barry said about the fact they were the only squad the Gryphons did not defeat. “It is always good to know that you played the best and tied them 1-1.
“You can take satisfaction in that.”
Tyson Hunter was named to the Commissioner’s XVI for his play while goaltender Rob Goodey was also solid throughout the tournament and was a runner-up for the top goaltender award, Barry said.