LANGLEY — The defending champions will start in 2018 where they finished in 2017.

Coquitlam’s Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils, a 2-1 winner over Surrey’s Panorama Ridge Thunder in last season’s B.C. boys AAA soccer championship final, open the preseason at the top of the province’s largest tier.

(Full rankings below)

Last season’s win for Best gave the Blue Devils five AAA provincials crowns in the past nine seasons.

Victoria’s Reynolds Roadrunners, whom Best beat 3-1 in the provincial semifinals, open the season at No. 2

Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs will make their crosstown clash with the Blue Devils in Fraser Valley North play a highlight.

The Centaurs, just 2-4-1 in league play last season, come into the new campaign with B.C.’s No. 3 ranking.

Always-tough Panorama Ridge sits at No. 4 while North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers come in at fifth.

SOCCER

SENIOR BOYS

AAA PRESEASON

1 Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils (Coquitlam)

2 Reynolds Roadrunners (Victoria)

3 Centennial Centaurs (Coquitlam)

4 Panorama Ridge Thunder (Surrey)

5 Argyle Pipers (North Vancouver)

6 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria)

7 St. George’s Saints (Vancouver)

8 Handsworth Royals (North Vancouver)

9 Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey)

10 Kitsilano Blue Devils (Vancouver)

Honourable mention — Seaquam Seahawks (North Delta), Kelowna Owls, Sardis Falcons (Chilliwack), Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey)

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