Jessica Filippelli scored on a free kick to give the Burnaby North Vikings a 3-1 victory over the New Westminster Hyacks in BurWest high school girls’ soccer last Thursday.
The win put the Vikings into the BNW/North Shore zone provincial qualifying match to be played Monday in North Vancouver.
Filippelli scored the eventual game-winning goal with a ball to the top corner from 25 yards in the opening half of play.
Allyson Dickson tallied a pair of goals for North, both coming in the first half.
“We couldn’t be too confident going into this game just because we beat them in league. We knew they’d come out and battle,” said Dickson after the game.
New Westminster enjoyed a majority of possession in the opening 20 minutes, including a couple of Grade A chances. But a swift counter attack and clinical finish by Dickson gave North the lead on the Vikings’ first shot on goal.
Within five minutes of Filippelli’s free kick, Celeste Bain and Juliet Davies, with the goal, combined to cut the deficit in half for New West. Dickson made it 3-1 for North just before half time.
In the second half, North controlled much of the play, but New West had a couple of chances go wanting. The Hyacks glanced one shot on goal off the post, while the Vikings keeper just managed to steer a second ball off the line.
The loss was made more painful for New West, owing to just a single available berth into AAA provincial qualifying this season.
North will take on Argyle at William Griffith Park in North Vancouver on Monday, beginning at 3 p.m.
Windsor will take on the winner of last week’s match between Alpha and St. Thomas More also Monday at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West Field 1 at 3 p.m.