A short bench proved to be no deterrent for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford under-16 girls Edge.
The metro soccer squad didn't flinch despite limited reserves, waltzing over Chilliwack 5-0 to open up league play.
The one-two punch of Liz Stewart and Cassie Weimer got the ball rolling, combining on a pair of goals for a quick lead.
The left-side tandem of Bailey Blackburn and Justyna Pomalecki then struck for a goal each, as Coquitlam cruised to a 5-0 lead at the half.
Megan Barnard, Jenna Kear and Caitlyn Ledger controlled the midfield and limited Chilliwack's offensive forays, while Angela Webster racked up the shutout.
. Like the War of 1812, the start of the girls u-14 soccer season was part recreation, part drama.
The Coquitlam Metro-Ford tNt reversed last year's opening day result, handing rival Vancouver a 1-0 defeat.
Coquitlam held territorial advantage through the first half but were unable to punch one past a swarming Vancouver defence.
Inspired by the defensive work of Mikaella de los Reyes, Anna Muckle and Nicole Chursinoff, the tNt kept the opposition on its heels.
Kirstin Davies broke the stalemate, cashing in a terrific pass from Kaisha Markiewicz at the end of the first half.
Putting the brakes to some Vancouver flurries were midfielders Rizako Kazemi, Olivia Kuniaka and Josie Pozzolo. Picking up the shutout with a solid performance was Alivia Ungaro.
. Starting where they left off, the defending league and provincial champion Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-18 girls Threat blitzed past Surrey 2-0 on Sunday.
Markers off the feet of Michelle Maljevac and Christina Caan spirited Coquitlam past their crossriver rivals by the same margin that they won the Provincial A Cup title by.
. Aged up to compete against 11 year olds, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-11 boys Shakhtar launched a new season with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Langley.
Three straight goals by forward Hamish Ogden positioned Coquitlam to a 4-2 lead at the half.
While Langley pushed back and pulled within a goal, the defence, led by Dante Bandiera and Luca Cavasin refused to break.
Ogden came into the game with the score 2-1 for Langley. He and teammate Luca Antongiovanni orchestrated a great offensive march that resulted in three markers. Antonio Almeida had opened the scoring for Coquitlam. Kyle Olley delivered a strong effort at midfield.
In dominating fashion, the Port Moody u-18 girls Nitro launched the new season in fine form by blasting Surrey 6-0.
Propelled by a two-goal performance from Brianne Wager - including what proved to be the game winner - Port Moody set the tempo early and held sway for much of the contest.
Also contributing goals were Kassi Coupal, Cristina Gambron and Ally Mandley, while netminder Katherine Ross was cool in collecting the shutout.
Providing standout work on the backline was Alecia Tingling.
EWART, PARK FINISH SECOND-BEST
Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart was in the hunt at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour's One-Day Series at Pitt Meadows Golf Club last week. The 13-year-old finished just one stroke back of eventual champion Khan Lee in the boys 13 and under division.
In the boys 17-19 division, Sean Park of Coquitlam put up a valiant chase before placing second, one shot back of the winner from Oliver.
In third spot was PoCo's Gunntas Sidhu, two strokes back.