A new year presents new opportunities.
For the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves, that hopefully includes upward mobility.
The Vancouver Metro Soccer League's premier squad has its sights set on climbing the charts and breaking out of its eighth-place funk.
They started 2013 with what could only be described as a disappointing 2-2 draw with the last place Vancouver Olympics on Friday.
Coquitlam was outplayed in the first half by the hungry Olympics, but managed to deliver a stronger showing over the second half.
Trailing 1-0 after Vancouver's Sasa Plasvic converted a free kick early in the contest, the Wolves tied it up on Russel Huggon's well-placed shot at the 35th minute mark.
Huggon converted a nice cross from Domenic Delli Santi to make it 1-1.
The Olympics pulled ahead again just before halftime when Gianluca Zavarise buried a brilliant individual effort behind the Coquitlam keeper.
After some time to contemplate their position, the Wolves returned to the pitch as the aggressor but were stymied by Olympics netminder Marco D'Andrea, who stopped both Luigi Pantusa and Huggon on excellent scoring chances.
With 20 minutes left in regulation, Coquitlam's Anthony DiNicolo fed Huggon who broke free from a pair of Vancouver defenders to score the equalizer - his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
Although Metro-Ford had a couple of good scoring opportunities over the final minutes, they were unable to put another ball behind D'Andrea - including a game-saving stop off Huggon.
The tie leaves the eighth-place Wolves four points back of fifth spot with a handful of games remaining. On Saturday, Coquitlam hosts Richmond FC Hibernians, a team who sits two-points back in ninth, 3 p.m. at Town Centre East field.
In Fraser Valley premier men's soccer action, the Port Moody Lordco Gunners gave a polished showing against third-place Coastal FC, battling them to a 2-2 standstill.
Scoring for fourth-place Port Moody were John Clune and Reece Miles.
The 5-4-3 Gunners travel to Maple Ridge tonight to play Westcoast FC, who are tied with Langley FC for top spot in the FVSL standings.
The Port Coquitlam FC squad, meanwhile, were edged 3-1 by Langley. Vito Iacobellis tallied PoCo's lone marker.
The defending FVSL champions currently sit last overall with a 1-6-4 record.
PoCo hosts North Delta on Saturday, 12: 30 p.m. at Gates Park.