Pegasus star Sahil Sandhu pulls pints and scores goals
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Written by: Kyle Benning
Surrey’s Sahil Sandhu has been leading the Vancouver Metro Soccer League in scoring for several weeks and one of the reasons the attacking midfielder/forward thinks he’s performing so well is due to added responsibility.
Sandhu spent last year playing between the Douglas College Royals and ICST Pegasus in the VMSL and even though he’s training less, Sandhu feels like his game is improving.
He thinks he’s a much bigger threat on the pitch now than he was in years past, which he said is due to having his first job.
“I feel more responsible now. For some reason, I think it’s helped me on the field,” Sandhu said. “I’m training less, but I’m playing better.”
The Sandhu family owns The Fox and Fiddle pub in Cloverdale, and the Pegasus star is working there as a bartender.
He said he’s always focused on soccer throughout his life, but now that he has more responsibility, he sees more production in his play.
Sandhu currently leads the league with eight goals in seven games, but player-coach Paul Bahia said he is much more than a goal scorer.
The team has scored 24 goals and Bahia said he’s set up many goals.
Bahia, who is also the technical director of Surrey Football Club, said he can see the positive transformation Sandhu is going through.
“I just feel like he’s maturing as a person, which is helping him on the field,” said Bahia. “Anytime you mature off the field, it relates to what you do on the field.”
The player-coach added that Sandhu still hasn’t hit his prime yet and there is more to come from him in the future.
“He’s just going to get better and better,” Bahia said. “It’s exciting to see because he’s an exciting player, the most exciting player in the league for sure. But it’s good to see him turn that excitement into production.”
Bahia, who is also the coach of the Douglas Royals, said Sandhu should be playing at a higher level and shouldn’t be playing amateur anymore, but noted the difficulty in landing a pro contract.
Sandhu was one of B.C.’s top youth prospects representing the national team at the under-15 and under-17 levels. He also spent time playing in Europe with professional soccer clubs.
The 2007 B.C. Soccer Association Male Youth Player of the Year has played with Energie Cottbus in the third tier of German professional soccer and has also gone on trial with FC Twente in Holland.
He was also part of the Whitecaps youth team that won the 2004 USL Super Y-League North American Championship in Orlando, Florida. Sandhu scored the winning goal in the final against Schulz Academy.
He also won the USL U-20 Surper Y-League Northwest title and league championship with Surrey FC's Y-League team, Revolution FC in 2010.
Currently, ICST Pegasus is the only undefeated VSML team with a 9-0-0 record. With 13 games remaining, Sandhu said he wants to break the individual 26-goal record come February, but added that he’d much rather win a provincial title, something Pegasus hasn't done since 2011.
Pegasus Metro Program Looking For Repeat Year
The Metro Select League ("MSL") is nearing its half way mark of the season. This year Surrey Pegasus F.C. has six team competing in the high reaching league.
To follow up on a seven team provincial cup run, which included two provincial A cup titles, one silver, is no easy task. For Pegasus Metro teams, expectations remain high for the 2014/15 season.
"The SFC Pegasus Metro Development Program has been created to provide Surrey FC metro players with a professional learning environment that is structured to provide high performance support and training to players and coaches" commented Pegasus Technical Director Paul Bahia.
With our philosophy of "Player First" Pegasus MSL teams have performed incredibly well so far and the result is in front of us with two of them in first place and two in second Bahia noted.
The Pegasus 99 boys hold a perfect 8-0-0 record with 19 goals for and 2 against.
The Pegasus 02 boys hold a record of 9-0-1 with 37 goals for and two against.
Jaggy Purewal Scores Two Goals To Lead Royals To Canadian College Championships
This past weekend in PacWest provincial soccer championships, Jaggy Purewal stormed on to the scene, helping to lead the Douglas College Royals Men's Soccer team to the Canadian Colleges nationals in just his rookie year. Purewal netted two impressive goals in the Provincial semi final. The semi final game was almost as important as the provincial championship, you win the semifinals and you get a ticket to the national championships. Purewal first scored at the end of the first OT and then put the opposing team out if their misery in dying minutes of the second OT when he struck again.
Jaggy who played for Surrey Pegasus for over a decade (U5-U18) won several youth titles including provincial as well as the metro league MVP. This past summer Jaggy also lifted his U18 team to Provincial A cup gold medal. Ironically Jaggy scored two goals including the winning goal in OT this past summer in provincial finals just as he did this past weekend in college provincial semi finals.
Jaggy Purewal who played under Co-head coahes Robby Toor and Paul Bahia who both regarded Jaggy to be one of the best first year players on the Royals team this year. Jaggy Purewal commented " I felt as I really never left Surrey FC, the atmosphere, expectations really didn't change at all. I have been coached by coach Paul and Robby for several years now and having them as my college coach is something I feel very fortunate to have".
In the provincial finals the Royals defeated the top ranked Vancouver Island University in shootout thus winning the Provincial title.
(Paul Bahia and Robby Toor seen below)
In additions to Jaggy, coaches Paul Bahia, Robby Toor, and Andy Singh, there are several others with Pegasus links which include players Jaskarn Minhas, Simmrin Rattanpal, Jas Chouhan, Arsh Chahal, Arshdeep Sidhu, and Sameer Grewal.
Best wishes to all the Pegasus players, coaches and the entire Douglas College Royals men varsity team at Canadian College national championships in Toronto. The competition it set to begin on Wednesday November 5th.
Former Pegasus Player Simmrin Dhaliwal Named Whitecaps Most Promising Player
The winners of the 2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player Awards, presented by BMO, were unveiled on Wednesday at a special awards ceremony at the BMO Main Branch.
A special congratulations to Former Surrey Pegasus player (U5-U15) Simmrin Dhaliwal who was named the Vancouver Whitecaps FC most promising player! Also of note Simmrin recently committed to Northwestern University (Evanston,Illinois) (NCAA 1).
Dhaliwal, 17, was selected as an underage player for Whitecaps FC’s U-18 Girls Elite program at the age of 15 years old. She’s been a standout for both the club and the Canadian youth program ever since.
Highlights include gold medal with Whitecaps FC Girls Elite at the 2013 Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden and with Team BC at the 2013 Canada Games in Quebec. The Surrey native also started all four matches for Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
Fortunate is the one who has learned to admire, but not to envy. Good Wishes for a joyous Diwali with a plenty of Peace and success.