PORT MOODY - Options are a good thing.
For the Port Moody Lordco Gunners, they're even better.
The Fraser Valley men's soccer team has its sights set on a provincial cup berth but currently sit on the wrong side of advancement through league standings - having finished fourth with a 7-5-4 record.
With a cup win their next best option, the Gunners have reloaded and hit each mark in a pair of cup chases.
The squad enters this week's Pakenham Cup semifinal in Langley against premier division rival PoCo FC with some polished past performances for fuel. Two weeks ago in the quarterfinals, Port Moody bested Peace Arch Div. 1 by a 1-0 margin.
"It was a close game but we fully deserved the win," remarked Gunners coach Larry Moro. "[Peace Arch] had one quality scoring chance and our keeper made the save."
Andrew Celenza's goal at the 20-minute mark gave Port Moody the lead, and Brad Taverna's save late in the half protected it.
"We came off the field at the half a bit frustrated because we felt we should have been up by three, but in the same time we were fortunate because Brad had to make a huge stop off a breakaway to keep us ahead."
In the second half they held the line for the win.
Last week, the Gunners got goals from Graison Corney and Chris Attadia in a 2-0 shutout over Fraser Valley to advance to the Soccer City Cup championship final, Mar. 30 in South Surrey.
Corney's marker came just five minutes into the game, while Attadia iced it late, converting a brilliant setup from Dave Robson.
Also making a major contribution was midfielder Dan Bordignon.
The winner of the Port Moody-PoCo test this weekend will move on to the Pakenham Cup final.
Winning either cup title will earn the recipient a berth to the provincials. That coveted prize - as well as any hardware that comes along the way - is the prime motivator, said Moro.
"We're pleased to be peaking at the right time," he noted. "We're finally playing our best soccer and pleased to still be winning."
WOLVES BLAST RINO'S
The Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves earned their ticket to the Under-21 Cup semifinals last week with a 5-0 victory over Rino's Vancouver.
Two-goal efforts from Lucas Reis and Hyun Young Lee led the assault, while Dalibor Plasvic also tallied.
The junior Wolves now face West Van FC on Saturday, 1 p.m. at Dr. Charles Best.