U-21’s Romp Into Provincial Semi Finals

Rino’s Vancouver SC U21 9 – 1 Langley United U21

On a summer-like Sunday afternoon, the hottest place in Vancouver was the back of Langley’s net as Rino’s young squad scorched the United keeper for 9 goals and matched their largest margin of victory this season. Goals were scored by 6 different players including goalkeeper Justin Roets, as the comprehensive victory sees Rino’s Vancouver SC Under-21 team advance to the BC Provincial Cup Semi Finals next weekend.

Rino’s fielded the same starting XI as they did in their previous round’s victory over West Van FC, and it didn’t take long for the consistency to pay off as the chemistry between the players was evident 15 minutes into the match. Midfielder Nicholas Riley shimmied around a defender on the right flank, and whipped a low hard cross into the path of Alex Ivanovic who hammered the ball into the back of the net to give Rino’s a 1-0 lead.

The advantage was to be doubled shortly thereafter when Nicholas Johnston dribbled into the box and a Langley defender lunged at him, raking his leg and knocking the ball free. The referee allowed the play to continue as the ball fell to the feet of Drissa Bouare, but as he attempted to side-step his defender, he was brought down and a penalty was awarded. Coach Andrew Roets surprised everyone by calling on defender Ogy Mladenov to take the shot. Mladenov sent the goalkeeper diving to his right and then calmly deposited the ball into the net.

Not content with having won a penalty for his team, Bouare then created a great chance as he stripped a Langley defender of the ball near the halfway line and carried the ball up the left wing. Strike partner, Alex Ivanovic was waiting patiently in front of goal for what would have been a tap-in, but Bouare elected to shoot, and unfortunately his low drive to the far post was kicked out by the Langley keeper. However, shortly before half-time Ivanovic was sprung for a breakaway by a through-ball from Taylor Dickau. Ivanovic’s first strike was parried by the keeper, but he did well to hold off a defender and get his own rebound which he put home for a 3-0 Rino’s half-time lead.

The second half saw numerous substitutions made by coach Roets as he got his entire bench into the game, but that did little to slow down the team’s momentum as the fresh legs paid instant dividends. Within a minute of the restart, a free kick from the left was floated into the Langley penalty and met on the volley by Drissa Bouare, who celebrated his fine strike with an even more impressive backflip!

The onslaught continued as 2 excellent goals by Jako Fuat were split by a tidy Koju Kojwang finish, bringing the team’s tally to 7. Fuat then won a penalty, which was converted by Rino’s goalkeeper Justin Roets! Langley then managed to peg 1 goal back, but it was eventually Fuat who rounded out the scoring on the day as his 3rd goal completed his hat-trick and ended a nightmare afternoon for the visitors.

Rino’s Vancouver SC will now host Victoria Highlanders of the Vancouver Island Soccer League in the Semi Finals of the BC Soccer Men’s Provincial Under 21 Doug Day Cup. The match will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Andy Livingstone. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00pm.

U-21’s Knock Out Reigning VMSL Champions West Van FC

West Van FC U21 2 – 4 Rino’s Vancouver SC U21

Rino’s Vancouver SC Under-21 team staged a heroic 2nd half comeback on Sunday to upend the reigning VMSL League and Cup Champions, West Van FC on the strength of a hat-trick by Bezhar Mauloud. With Rino’s facing a 2-1 deficit and only 30 minutes remaining to play, Mauloud took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring first with a free kick, then a penalty, and finally from open play.

West Van FC opened the scoring, late in the first half with a controversial goal resulting from a scramble in the penalty area. Rino’s defender Brent Petersen cleared the ball as it was heading goal-ward, but the referee’s assistant adjudged his intervention to be too late and awarded the goal after deeming that the ball had in fact crossed the goal-line. Rino’s tried to equalize, but West Van’s defense held to them mostly long range shots which their keeper easily dealt with.

In the 2nd half, West Van FC were able to double their lead as they took advantage of a breakdown in the Rino’s backline, and attacked the goal with numbers. The 2-goal margin didn’t last long however, as Rino’s striker Zako Fuat cut into the lead with a deft chip over West Van’s goalkeeper. Shortly thereafter, the Bezhar Mauloud show began, as the diminutive maestro fired a free kick beyond the goalkeeper’s reach to level the game at 2-2. Then when teammate Drissa Bouare was bundled over in the West Van FC penalty area, “B” was called upon again and delivered the goods with a fine penalty that sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and gave Rino’s the 3-2 lead. Finally “B” put the game out of West Van’s reach as Fuat layed the ball off to him and he expertly slid it under the West Van keeper.

Rino’s Vancouver SC U21 Head Coach Andrew Roets called the game a “rollercoaster,” and urged his team to “keep focused and continue the game winning spirit, attitude and teamwork that they showed in this victory.”

Rino’s Vancouver SC U21 team will now face Langley United of the Fraser Valley Soccer League who advanced from their first round match with a 1-0 victory over Peninsula United. The quarter-final cup match up will be played on Sunday, April 22 with a 1pm kickoff at Memorial South Turf.

U21 Match 8 – Croatia SC

Coming into this game after winning 4 consecutive games, the U21 squad came into this game with confidence and the desire to destroy the Croatian team that luckily beat us in our opening season 4-3. With Justin in goal, our D unit( Max, Mike, Tom, Ogy, Brent), hardworking midfielders (Koju, Nick, Bezhar, Malcolm, Etienne) and our forwards (Drissa, Paul, Zako, Alex), gave croatia a nightmare.

The team was up and ready for revenge. First 10 mn of the game, we controlled the game and had early chances; however, after 5 mn, our speedy asian messi had a break away and smashed the ball on the back of the net. 5 minutes after, our creative midfielder Nick Johnston sent a sweet ball through to Paul who just had one thing on mind:” Let me get another goal”. One would thing this satisfied the young Rinos, but noooo we went back for more. Koju, who was dictating the midfield and imposing his swag, finally got a goal when he blasted a gorgeous 40 m strike straight on to the post and then back in the net. This goal is by far the best goal in the league. Once more, our defense show their strenght, skills and built a wall on the defence. Beezhar was making a fool out of those defenders and playing with them on the left wing. A nice cut back from Bee to Big Dris who took a shot but got blocked; however, since he is so generous he decided to send a perfect cross in the box on top of the shortest man in the team’s head. Guess what?

Paul score his first header in his football career and that got him his first hat trick with 10 mn to play to the half time. Just amazing. The team was on fire. Paul gets fouled in the box, the defender get sent off and guess what Drissa steps up and is ready to hit the back of the net. A well taken penalty by Drissa gave the young Rinos a 5-0 lead going into the second half. At this point the coach decided to bring in Zacko, Nick Riley, Alex, Malcolm and Ogy to even bring the punishment to the next level. The opponent came strong in the second half however nothing to worry about because we got the best defence and keeper in the league. We just decided to go easy on them and not humiliate them so much.

But Nick Riley did not agree with that statement and hit a free kick low and hard in the bottom corner of the helpless, ugly-looking keeper net. Once more Drissa showed his class by collecting the ball on top of the 18 turned and hit a sweet strike on the back of the net. He was satisfied 7 goals in 8 games. Some more chances were created but the frustrated coach of Croatia got sent off for swearing to the ref. He couldn’t believe his young croatians were being humiliated and beaten by the handsome U21 sqaud. We outmuscled them, we outrunned them and we could see that our training was paying off. Speedy winger Malcom was all over these defenders and he finally got on the scoresheet. His first goal of the season and guess what that goal was pure class. There we were 8-0 against Croatia SC. Teams should get scared when they face the Rinos because we don’t go easy on no team. If you touch us you will burn yourself, that’s how hot we are these days. The team worked hard and is ready to take on Norvan next friday.


U21 Match 2 – Norvan Saints

Rinos Vancouver SC U-21


Norvan Saints


After a disapointing loss in week one the U21s came out strong.

The team was strong from the back starting with a bounce back week from keeper Anthony, as well as a solid defensive core including Max, Mike, Ogy, David, and JCW. Everyone came out strong and were put the pressure on right away. The team was rewarded with an early goal that displayed the teamwork the this team already possess. In the second half the fact that we had a short bench had tooken its toll, and the fitness training at practice was put to the test. The U21s were playing extremely defensive and were countering the play well due to the speed we had up front. They were able to hold them off long enough to preserve a much needed and deserved W (Which was the first of the season for the club.)

U21 Match 1 – Croatia SC

Croatia SC – Rino”s Vancouver SC U-21



The Under 21 team came in with high hopes for the season being that many improvements that were made over the off season.  Most notably a  much improved staff of forwards that did not disappoint in the opening game.


Coming into the game with a mentality that losing was not an option and  the U21 squad came out swinging, scoring two goals in the first 25 minutes, both scored by newcomer Drissa.  Both goals assisted by some nice hussle from Paul.  Everyone was contributing from the back forward winning at least 75% of the balls in the air and the duece Nick combo controlled the middle of the field (Aswell as Benzar in the second half). Things were on the up and up, but before the blink of an eye two goals were scored against both on sfaap rebounds of free kicks.  When confidence was low we went and got it back, with Paul scoring again before half. Coming out at half with loads of confidence it was a couple more unfortunate goals that were scored again and eventually ended up being the U21″s demise. One being off another free kick from half and the other was an unfortunate penalty kick where they made no mistake.  Unfortunately putting an end to the U21″s first game where the second best team won.

U21 Cup – Sapperton Rovers

After a year of struggle, the Rinos were underdogs in their biggest game of the year! The sun was out and you could feel the tension and uncertainty shining in the air. The regular season was a tale of 2 halves. The first 10 games of the season, the Rinos were on fire, but for the last 11 games it seemed as if the Vancouver rain had washed away that flame. Today the Rinos came out of the gate knowing that not only was there season on the line, but there pride was too. Coach Haydn had put a lot of effort into this team and we wanted to reward him with something more than a keg of beer.

Right from the first whistle intensity was wired through the team; starting from the core, as our captain beamed a volley just passed the bar which was pinged to his foot on a free kick by David. That had set the tone for the rest of the game and for the next 30 minutes the Rinos were dominating the pitch, yet they could not find a way break the ice. They needed a spark and it was delivered through unorthodox methods; Taylor”s verbal retaliation to the opposition”s trash talk sparked a flame for both teams and the game on the pitch was taken to whole other level….it was now personal!

In the second half, our new recruit, Jack, showed us how soccer was played in his homeland. He gave us a glimpse of some good “ole english “football” (i.e. do what ever it takes to score and score with any part of your body). Within 15 minutes of being on the pitch, Jack scored a goal with his hip as he masterfully hip-checked the ball and the goalie on a corner kick past the point of no return! After that the Rinos opened the flood gates and the goals just kept coming!

The next goal came on a penalty kick which was awarded to the Rinos when one of the opposition”s players decided he wasn”t good enough to use his feet, and decided to guide the ball with his hand….in his own 18 yard box! Jonah made no mistake when given the opportunity to take the penalty and buried it in the top corner of the shelf, where mom keeps the peanut butter!!!

All these goals got our strikers hungry for some goals and both, John A. and Paul were determined to get their jersey number on the referee”s score card. Paul was first to the punch when he found himself behind the Sapperton defense with the ball and decided to show us he had read the textbook – “How to score on a break away”! He deaked left, broke right and wired a shot past the vulnerable goal keeper and then unfortunately proceeded to show the Rino”s a Let’s proceed to scientific best-horoscope.com for Cancer. celebration that should be saved for male gigolos only!

By this point in the game, Sapperton was starting to get frustrated and began attacking with a vengeance. They threw everything they had at our defence and superstar goalie, but ended up sprinting the other way to stop our virulent counterattacks. Our goalie, Chef Bayer, had one of his best games making some key saves on some tough shots and helped ink in his 6th clean sheet of the season! Our outside full backs also had great games and locked down any striker forcing his way onto their turf. John W. put on an acrobatic show while trying to stop one Sapperton”s best strikers and decided that he had to pull of some very tough somersaults in the air (completely necessary) to successfully do so. David Gazin, for the secong game in a row, played sweeper for the Rino”s and did a mind blasting job, as he stubbed every player who got past our stopper, either through legal tackles or through his masterful shoving which went completely unnoticed by the geriatric referee.

Johnny Alphabet threw down the final goal in our round of 16 match that was so well placed, that it went threw the goal and out the back, without rippling the net! Neither the crowd, nor our team even knew we had scored until Max started yelling something along the lines of how “we should appreciate every goal we score, since they are so rare”! It was an awkward moment, at best! That goal brought the game to an end, but apparently Sapperton was a bit confused and thought that the referee”s game-ending-whistle was a sign to start dropping their gloves. Sapperton and it”s uncouth fans decided they wanted to fight us for a comment made by one of our players that was completely taken out of context. Being the smart, classy team the Rino”s are, we shrugged off their “challenges” and walked away with our body part”s and pride unbruised and intact.

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U21 Match 9 – PCOV

The time that elapses between the referee’s first and last whistle is 90 minutes; and that is exactly how long you have to play the game at a high level to be successful in this league. Comebacks are common in this league and are bound to happen if you let up your intensity, even if only for 5 minutes. Unfortunately, the Rinos had to learn this the hard way for the first time this season against PCOV.

This game had been hyped up by many Rino players as it was the debut for 3 new players that Haydn had signed from the Langara Falcons squad, Brody, Anpayo and Arved. The first half lived up to this hype as the Rinos were determined to dominate PCOV on our home field. We hadn’t lost at home all year and we didn’t plan on making any changes to that tonight.

PCOV and us were well matched. The first half almost seemed like a tennis match, both teams were exchanging rallies (shots) without either team hitting a winner. It was a dangerous back and forth, but our defense (probably top 3 in the league) shut them out with Arved, Geoff, John C. and Dhiren playing lights out.

The second half was where we learned that soccer matches aren’t won after 75 minutes. About 25 minutes into the 2nd half the Rinos were rewarded for their constant hustle and concentration. Etienne chased down a ball that was just about to cross the paint on the touch line and crossed a beauty back over the 6 yard box. The ball met James, who was at a full sprint, at the opposite corner of the 6 and james made no mistake crushing the ball with this head into the net! The Rinos erupted with cheers and everyone seemed to forget that we still had 15 minutes left to play…..

With 10 minutes to go the Rino team that had just scored had completely disappeared. Their was only one team left playing at a high level and that was PCOV. Naturally, one of their players sensed this lack of concentration and effort on our part and exploited it. He went coast to coast with the ball, dangling everyone in his way, and set up another one of his teammates for a tap in goal. It was the worst feeling in the game to give a victory so close to the end, but it was a feeling that was necessary for this team to feel so that it will never happen again!

The game ended at 1-1 and both teams walked away with a point, but the only team that left hurting were the Rinos.

U21 Match 8 – Cliff Avenue United

Intimidation is usually the X-factor for most away teams. Intimidation due to the opponents size, skill, crowd noise, or sometimes even their notoriety can make a huge difference in a game. Playing our match 20 kms away from our home, against a team that already had 2 players suspended indefinitely, another suspended for 3 games, and numerous other players proud of their dirty yellow cards, intimidation was going to be a huge factor for this small, classy west-side squad.

It was a nice, clear saturday afternoon in Burnaby, but once the whistle blew both these teams were going to forget about “nice”…..it was going to be a downright dirty battle against, probably, the dirtiest team in the league.

Cliff Avenue had 3 giants on their team who were taller than 6″5 and seemed to be prime to control this game through the air. However, we stepped up to the challenge and made sure we out hustled them, out jumped them, and made sure we kept the ball away from these freaks of nature. We laid our bodies on the line and went hit-for-hit with Cliff Avenue. 30 minutes in, Malcolm got past their stopper and was sprinting down the center of the pitch, one on one with their sweeper, when he decided to hip check Malcolm. Malcolm was thrown 5 feet into the air before he landed on his hip. Unfortunately Malcolm was down and out with a bruised hip and had to be helped off the field; they had just taken out one of our key midfielders and now we were pissed. Davis, David, Etienne, and Dhiren went looking for revenge and laid the lumber on anyone with the ball. Cliff Avenue was dropping all over the field and they started whining to the referee about our hard hits, who just waived the play on!

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The next 25 minutes were played in our half. Cliff Avenue attacked with an urgency and used their size to their advantage and kept us on our heels. Their advances created numerous chances to score, but our goalie, Anthony, stone-walled them on every shot and was determined to get his 5th clean sheet of the season.

Another key thing to note was that Davis Murton started as our stopper in place of Max and did not miss a step. Dhiren and Davis showed some quick chemistry through their ability to switch naturally between stopper and sweeper on the go, confusing the Cliff Avenues” strikers and they also successfully shutdown Cliff Avenue”s abnormally tall players.

When the final whistle blew, the Rinos had inked in their 2nd consecutive win and finally were living up to their expectations. Granted we still have a lot of work to do to get better, but rolling of back to back victories is a good start in getting our engines going.

This Friday night we play a huge game against PCOV on our home field. Let”s see if these Rinos can pull off 3 straight victories?

U21 Match 7 – KLM Alemania

Coming off of a big loss to UBC, and sliding down the rankings, the Rinos needed a big win to cement their position within the league. It was about time we started playing at the level expected of us and it was about time we started doing our job!

Haydn’s motivational speech started a night that would be the TSN turning point for this team, this season, with 6 simple words that hit home, ” Are you ****ing ready to win?” This coming from a coach who was the epitome of composure, who never yelled or even raised his voice, was enough to let us know that he had had enough of our shitty soccer, and that it was time for us to either go big or go home!

The match started and the Rinos immediately took their game to another level. Each and every one of our players hustled for every ball, won every 50/50 ball, won every ball in the air and they punished the other team for ever touching the ball. Our blitzkrieg style of soccer stunned KLM and it took them awhile to get their feet under them. The Rinos were playing tough, fast and most importantly, we were playing smart; we started spreading the ball around and played a calm, controlled game.

The first goal came in the first half off of a huge hustle play. David went up mono-e-mono against one of KLM’s midfielders and won the battle, and secured the ball. Then without thinking he pinged the ball across to Etienne who did the rest. Etienne, at a full sprint, controlled the ball and drew 4 KLM defenders. Just as they were about to collapse on him, Etienne looked across and found a lonely John standing at the opposite corner of the 18 yard box. Once John touched the ball, he wasted little time beating the keeper by sniping it into the bottom left corner of the goal. The mesh rippled, the crowd roared, the scoreboard churned, but most importantly, in these past 20 seconds, Haydn got a glimpse of the brilliance that he knew he was responsible for.

The 1st half ended at 1-0, but the game was far from over. The end of the first half almost saw a changing of guard for the Rino Defense; for the rest of the game, the Rinos would have to play without their Captain, Dhiren. His departure left a big hole in the defense and the Rinos would now have to fill that and protect their lead at the same time. And by god, they did exactly that and more!

Max stepped in at sweeper, Petros came in at stopper and with John and Jeff flanking them they stepped up and initiated their lock-down! They stopped every KLM advance and allowed the rest of our team to play aggressive and with a confidence, knowing that their defense would protect them from any mistakes.

In the second half the Rinos opened up a one/two touch clinic and admission was free! We started showing off what we were learning at practice and our hard work was finally paying off. These string of passes set up many offensive movements and produced legitimate chances for our offensive to make the KLM defense look like a sieve.

John was on fire tonight, and netted his second goal of the game, and the season, midway through the second half and was set up by James.

Hustle was the theme of this game and our third goal was set up by nothing but hustle. Jonah started the play by putting up a threw ball for David who, at a full sprint, laid himself out to cross the ball into the box and found goal hhungry Juan waiting for a tap in goal at the 6.

Another highlight of the game was Anthony’s save on a penalty kick, that was given up towards the end of the game. Had KLM scored here, they would’ve been right back in the game, but Anthony would not have any of that! He honed in on the ball and rejected it like a hot girl rejecting a nerd. TRIVIA fans: Anthony is 2-0 on penalty kicks this season……even Jeff Thom doesn’t boast those kind of numbers 😉

In the end, these young Rinos finally grew up, and without their Captain they led each other to their 2nd win of their season. I guess they showed us that they do have the mental toughness and concentration to overcome adversity, and to just do their job! These are the kind of players that great teams are made off and these guys are just 18…..this league is going to get nasty surprise over these next 3 years!

U21 Match 6 – UBC Metropolitan

Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Russell once said, “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins for victory.”

We hear coaches talk about toughness all the time, and I am sure most of you probably think, how can a team not be tough, certainly a player has to be tough to play in this league. But being tough is not for just one moment, it requires being able to overcome adversity and still focusing on the task at hand. It means being able to not worry about the future and doing your job.

At this point of the season, we are finding out which teams have mental and physical toughness to overcome bad starts, bad series, bad halves and bad results.

In a classic battle of experienced and tough versus young and skilled, the former prevailed. The common thread between these two teams was that we were both coached by a great coach, Ekrem. However, during the course of the game it was clear that one team really understood and emulated Ekrem’s work, while another was still trying to work out the kinks.

The match was an extremely competitive and physical one, that unfortunately ended against the Rinos. However, the loss came almost exactly as had our earlier one to Norvan Pacific; the Rinos had a lucky goal scored on them in the first 10 minutes and then let in another one in the last 10 minutes. In the 70 minutes between these two tragedies, the Rinos played lights out! We won every ball in the air, we were the first ones getting to 50-50 balls and pressured every pass. On the other hand, we had nothing to show for this effort. We barely took 7 shots, and of those 7 only 3 were on target. This leads directly to our recurring issue which is ripping the Rinos apart; our lack of scoring. Having only scored 2 goals through 6 games is worrying, as it constantly puts pressure on our defense and keeper to stone wall the other team match after match.

In the end, this game came down to mental toughness, physical fitness, and experience and unfortunately UBC Metro weighed in heavier in all three of these factors. The Rinos ran all over the field chasing down UBC players and didn’t have anything left in the tank to mount a comeback. The Rinos have the heart to play from behind, but the mental toughness to do so is going to come with experience and concentration! Can we rise to the occasion? It will be a test and will require that every day there is a commitment to improvement, not winning. This is not going to be a quick fix and will take the mental and physical toughness Russell talked about.