Saturday was a historic day for Cloverdale soccer power Surrey United.
The club stole the show at the Provincial Cup finals in Burnaby, winning both the men's and women's B.C. titles - a feat that apparently has never before been accomplished.
The defending national champion Surrey United women extended their Provincial Cup tournament winning streak to 33 games with a 3-0 win over Columbus to secure their ninth consecutive B.C. crown. The Surrey United Firefighters joined in on the celebrations by beating the Delta Hurricanes to win the men's title.
"It was a fantastic day for our club," said Surrey United executive director Martin Foden. "For us, May 12, 2012 was a landmark day in our 44-year history. Now we will have both our men's and women's teams representing B.C. in the national championships and that's an incredibly unique situation.
When that happens in Winnipeg in October, that will be without a doubt one if the proudest moments in the history of the club."
B.C. Soccer's competition's director Dan Turvill scoured his organization's records and was unable to find another club to have pulled off the double-title sweep in at least the past 28 years.
"I have good records all the way back to 1993, and it did not happen in that time," Turvill said in an email. "I have been looking over even older B.C. Soccer annual reports and the only thing that I can find that comes close is in 1984 when Vic West FC won the men's title and Victoria James Bay won the women's title. I don't think they were technically the same club however."
Turvill added records for the women's competition are less complete after that point.
Surrey United's double was actually a triple-win as the club's women's classics (over-35) also captured a provincial crown when they hammered Victoria Gorge 6-1 in their B.C. final.
Megan Blaker, recently retired from the club's women's premier team, led the charge with three goals for Surrey. Sandy Sparkes, Robyn Scott and Renee Brown each tallied once to complete the rout.
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