Soccer teams win opener

September 16th, 2010

VIU SOCCER Coaches comments Anup Kang VIU Head Coach Women’s Soccer After a long pre season the VIU Mariner women were anxious to get the regular season started, in the first five minutes they had three clear chances to take the lead, Andrea Strebel's tap in off a corner kick and Jordan Tufnail's volley were cleared off the goal line, Bronte Fitzsimmons and Kate Flynn also had quality chances before Jessie Weninger in the 27th minute beat three defenders and slotted a shot into the top corner that beat the Quest keeper to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead, it was freshman Weninger's first goal as a Mariner. Halftime, VIU-1, Quest-0 In the 46th minute halftime sub Jolene Nagy on a brilliant pass from crafty Mariah Wadhams made it 2-0, Nagy had two more chances over next ten minutes to add to the lead when she was sent in all alone but was denied by the Quest keeper, in the 60th minute Jordan Tufnail dribbled past couple of defenders and rang one off the post, Kate Flynn on a breakaway in the 80th was also denied by the keeper. Final VIU-2, Quest-0 "I was really happy with our start, we could have been up by 3-4 in the first 15 minutes of the match, we didn't panic and kept going for the goal, good to see Jessie real composed in the penalty area on the first goal, usually young players don't have that kind of composure, we had a lot of players play well today and didn't really give Quest much, the score could have been more as we had a lot of the play and probably 5 or 6 breakaways, Quest had a lot of problems with our speed, they definitely are a better side than last year, we have two huge games next week, TRU and UBCO are tough teams but we're confident if we are at top of out game we give ourselves a real good chance of beating any team in this league" _______________________________________________________________ Coaches Comments BILL MERRIMAN VIU Head Coach Men’s Soccer The Mariners came out strong from the opening whistle, moving the ball around the back very well showing good composure before getting the ball forward.(1st yr) David Bertrand and (1st yr)Chris Merriman did a good job out wide stopping Quest from getting down the outsides and taking away their opportunities. When the opposition tried going down the middle they ran into (1st yr) Dan Citra and (3rd yr) Ben Leggett, the two center backs worked well together closing down that part of the field. The Mariners coaching staff were hoping to get some offence from their midfielders this season and the players responded to the challenge. The first goal scored by out side (2nd yr) midfielder Romain Martin , Martin did a good job of bringing a ball down off his chest and made no mistake ,putting it in the back of the net from inside the 18yrd line ,assisted by (3rd yr transfer player) center midfielder Matt Mehrassa. Matt Mehrassa was also instrumental in helping Mariners get their 2nd goal of the half, scored by his partner in the middle of the park (1st yr) Stephen Ewashko. Stephen’s goal was the goal of the game when he struck a loose ball on the full volley and the keeper had no chance. The first half was very entertaining with the Mariners team linking up all over the park, Backline with the midfielders and both the defenders and midfielders putting nice balls into the ever working (3rd yr) striker Jared Stephens. The 2nd half was a little more back and forth but the Mariners still managed to score a very nice 3rd goal when Jared Stephens worked to get to the end line and then laid the ball back to an on running (3rdyr) midfielder All Canadian Chris Arnett ,Arnett side footed his chance past the keeper, making the score 3-0. Quest continued to work hard and was handed a great opportunity to score late in the game when they were awarded a penalty kick,(2nd yr) goalkeeper Robbie Cochrane came up with the big save, proving once again why he was the top goalkeeper in the league last year and selected all Canadian. The players all know that they now have another tuff job a head of them next weekend when they head up to Kelowna and Kamloops to play two more very strong teams ,UBCO and TRU Stephen Ewashko was voted the worker of the game by his team mates and coaching staff for his continues running offensively and defensively. Stephen will probably be in the running for Athlete of the week as well for his goal and outstanding contribution to the mariners win. The Mariners were also happy to see the growing support from their soccer alumni . It was nice to see such a good crowd out.