Penticton squad knocked out of PCSL playoff running

Micah Smoak (right) of the Penticton Pinnacles and Josh Hardy of Surrey United battle for ball control in the final match of the PCSL regular season Sunday at Kings Park. Surrey won the game 3-1. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Micah Smoak (right) of the Penticton Pinnacles tries to take the ball from Josh Hardy of Surrey United in the game to decide which team would advance to the PCSL playoffs. Surrey won the match 3-1. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Penticton Pinnacles Mica Smoak does the high step to get the ball under control during the Pacific Coast Soccer League match against Surrey United at Kings Park Sunday. Surrey won the game to advance to the Premier Division playoffs. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Yan Perron (left) of the Penticton Pinnacles has his feet taken from under him by Surrey United’s Kassin Ali in the final half of their PCSL match Sunday at Kings Park. Surrey won 3-1. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Penticton Pinnacles Connor Hawley goes up for this header attempt against Surrey United in Sunday’s PCSL match at Kings Park. Surrey won the Premier Division match 3-1 to advance to the playoffs. (Mark Brett -Western News)

By Brennan Phillips

Western News Staff

It was a sombre Penticton Pinnacles team that made their way off the field Sunday, but not a defeated one.

Disappointed they did not make it into the Premier Division playoffs of the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) this year, some of the young squad was also eagerly looking forwards to next season.

“I think, compared to last year, we got a chance a playoff spot. We won a lot of games, we learned a lot,” said Pinnacle Bjorn Borren. “Hopefully, we’ll be back next year, making something even more of the season.”

The Pinnacles faced down Surrey United for the last spot in the playoffs in the PCSL. After Surrey defeated Kelowna’s Okanagan FC Saturday, it was down to the one game to decide whether the Pinnacles would make it into this year’s playoffs.

The Pinnacles never let up throughout the game, constantly going on the offensive against Surrey. But despite their best efforts, they ended the game on the short end of a 3-1 score.

READ MORE: The Penticton Pinnacles keep playoff hopes alive

“I think we’ve done well, I mean, it’s a growing process for a community like Penticton,” said coach Manuel Borba. “We transitioned last year to young players, so one more year under their belt, a few more wins, and we’ll be better. Now we have to work for another six months, and get the boys a little bit fitter, bigger and stronger.”

The Pinnacles were the only team in the PCSL to go this year without a single draw, ending the season with six wins and eight losses, including two wins the previous weekend against the top teams in the league.

READ MORE: Young Penticton Pinnacles hanging in with Pacific Coast Soccer League men

“The hardest thing to teach in any sport is offense, and scoring. We’ve got that, now we need to work on our defense. We’re top three in scoring, and top of the league scores against, but that is something we can work on and teach,” said Borba.

The Penticton Pinnacles play home games at Kings Park in Penticton, and will return for the start of the 2020 regular season next May.

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