Heat picks up with PCSL playoffs looming
There will be two River City teams in action this weekend at the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Challenge Cup finals in Chilliwack.
The men’s reserve Kamloops Heat clinched first place in the league’s regular-season standings and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a 3-1 win over Penticton in the Peach City on Saturday, July 21.
Kamloops, which finished the season with eight wins, one loss and three draws, will meet Chilliwack FC in a semifinal tilt on Saturday, July 28.
The reserve men’s final will be played on Sunday, July 29, at Townsend Park.
On the women’s side, the premier Kamloops Heat snuck into the playoffs through unusual circumstance.
The Heat finished fifth in the PCSL, one spot out of a playoff berth with a 6-4-4 record.
However, the third-place Vancouver Thunderbirds have withdrawn from the playoffs, meaning Coquitlam Metro Ford SC slides into the three spot while Kamloops scoops up the fourth and final playoff berth.
The Heat will meet either the Fraser Valley Action or Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Round 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.
The women’s final will be played on Sunday at Chilliwack Exhibition Park.