Okanagan FC’s Max Morgan puts a header towards the FC Vancouver Tigers net on July 21. OKFC lost the game 4-2 but still clinched a playoff berth. (One10 Photography)

Okanagan FC squeaks into playoffs despite loss at final home game

Okanagan FC claimed final playoff spot in their first year in the Pacific Coast Soccer League

It wasn’t the most ideal way to book a trip to the playoffs, but the Okanagan Football Club are heading there all the same.

OKFC needed just one win in their last two home games of the season in order to safely secure a playoff berth, but dropped back-to-back losses to two of the top three teams in the league and thus needed the Penticton team to lose in their final game in order to secure the fourth best points total.

Penticton lost and Okanagan FC advanced to the playoffs in their first year in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.

“Would have loved to get a win in the last two games, but we’re delighted to be in the playoffs,” Okanagan FC coach Andrew Stevenson said.

“The playoffs were a main target of ours coming into the league and we’re here to try and win a trophy. The guys know this and now, our focus is on what’s next.”

READ MORE: Okanagan Electrical Systems raises $16,000 for youth and mental health services

READ MORE: West Kelowna teen impressing at U.S. fastpitch tournament

OKFC will enter the playoffs as the fourth and final seed and will need to beat two of the top three teams in order to secure the league championships. They’ll play first seed Victoria in their first game in Victoria on July 27, a team they recently beat 1-0.

The other two playoff squads Surrey United and FC Tigers Vancouver, were the two teams that beat OKFC in their final two games on home turf last weekend. OKFC was bested 1-0 on Saturday by Surrey and 4-2 by Vancouver on Sunday.

Despite the losses, Stevenson said the results from the season show that OKFC is no underdog.

“We went toe-to-toe with Tigers and could have easily gotten a positive result, we had every chance to win that game,” he said.

“In our first season to show that we can not only be competitive, but to advance to the playoffs by beating some of the best teams this season; it adds to our credibility going into the playoffs. We’re fit, organized and hard to beat and we know that we’ll be no more than a goal within a win.”

READ MORE: Former West Kelowna Warriors star reflects on NHL development camp

With the season all wrapped up and a chance for the league championship, OKFC’s inaugural season in the PCSL could be chalked up to a win.

Pulling a senior and competitive team almost out of thin air in a matter of months, building a decent following in their fan base and providing a fun and affordable sporting experience to soccer fans throughout Kelowna was a solid first step.

But the OKFC coach said it only needs one more thing to be a perfect end to the season.

“If it ends with a trophy, I’m looking forward to (the off-season),” Stevenson said.

Okanagan FC starts their playoff push Saturday at 4:30 p.m. If they win, they’ll play in the championships Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The championship game will be streamed at pcsl.org.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Revelstoke’s snow removal so far this year cost $1.3M

Roughly 440 cm of snow fell this winter

Bus rider who travelled to Golden tests positive for COVID-19

The passenger travelled from Calgary to Golden on March 15

North Okanagan bands together in support against COVID-19

New group launches website with tools to help endure crisis

WATCH: Salmon Arm artist hosts virtual art show amid COVID-19

Roxi Hermsen’s show “Into the Cosmos” is a tribute to her father Bill Sim

HERGOTT: COVID-19 and ICBC

Paul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer based in West Kelowna

COVID-19: Armstrong gym fined $345 after failure to close

The fitness centre was issued a ticket a day after province ordered all gyms to close

Armed robbery of legal grow-op in Sicamous ends in arrest near Enderby

Residents alarmed over increased police presence Tuesday morning

Wildfire burns out-of-control on Adams Lake band land in the Shuswap

BC Wildfire Service reports Shuswap two-hectare fire is not threatening structures

COVID-19: Vernon homeless shelters combine in curling club

Gateway and Our Place shelter sites housed under one roof amid pandemic

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

‘Overwhelming, incredible’ support for foreign workers following West Kelowna COVID-19 outbreak

‘…Our team seems to be recovering well — symptoms are resolving’

Most Read