October 5th, 2010

Mariners came out firing on all cylinders, Jordan Tufnail from a Bronte Fitzsimmons corner kick in the 5th minute play gave VIU the lead, Fitzsimmons added to the lead in the 8th minute when she fired a rocket from 30yards out that handcuffed the Blues keeper. VIU kept attacking and had numerous chances to add to their two goal lead but were denied by the post and Capilano keeper.

Halftime VIU 2, Capilano 0

Heather Iverson put the Mariners up by three in the 68th minute of play, again Mariners had numerous Grade A chances before a great pass by Mariah Wadhams found an open Emily Nicholson who made no mistake in the 89th minute.

Sunday October 3 vs Langara

Langara came into the game ranked 10th in Canada and just one point behind VIU in the standings, Mariners again came out strong from the start, in the first minute of play Bronte Fitzsimmons on a breakaway walked around the keeper but fired over the bar, VIU kept coming with wave after wave of pressure and were rewarded for their strong play when Jordan Tufnail for the second game in a row opened the scoring in the 9th minute, Jessie Weninger made it 2-0 VIU in thr 18th minute when Bronte Fitzsimmons with a brilliant through ball sent her in all alone, Weningers first shot was brilliantly stopped by Langara keeper but the rebound came back to her and she tucked it into the open net.

Halftime score VIU 2, Langara 0

Second half started with the Falcons getting couple of chances but it was Fitzsimmons who gave VIU the three nil lead when Emily Nicholson sent in all alone on the keeper in the 65th minute, she fired a rocket past the Falcons keeper who had no chance on the play. In the 88th minute Fitzsimmons finished off the scoring for the Mariners when her 35 yard freekick found the top corner of the net, with the win Mariners stay in first place in Pool B 4 points ahead of Langara.

"after a let down last week I just knew we were going to come out strong this weekend, we had great focus and intensity during training this week, we have so many dangerous players and it showed this week, we could have had a few more in both of our games, our finishing was better, Bronte is the best player I've seen in this league in the last four years, she was so dominating in both games, I was happy how well we played defensively as a unit, we have two big games coming up next week against defending provincial champs Kwantlen Saturday and Douglas Sunday, we know how good both of those teams are and will need to bring our A game"


VIU Mariners men’s soccer team got a much needed big win Saturday, a 2-0 victory over Capilano Blues. The Mariners put in a very strong team effort against a talented Capilano team, the Mariners worked hard for each other and were well deserving of the three points. The players new they had to come in with their top game and they did exactly that. From the opening whistle they played the ball around quickly and worked hard to stop the Blues attack defensively.

Jared Stephens led the Mariners with two goals giving him 5 goals in 5 games and showed what a strong threat he is for the Mariners. Jared was also unlucky not to score a few more goals with Matt Mehrassa knocking balls into Jared from the outside midfield position. Aki Ishimine had a good game for the Mariners, playing in the middle of the park making himself available for his teammates, when they needed a way out of the back to start their attack.

Dan Cato filled in for Dan Citra in the center back position and did an outstanding job, playing along side Ben Leggett, the two of them worked well together and stopped a lot of the Blue’s attack through the middle.

The game over all was another very talented and entertaining soccer game. The blues had two very good scoring opportunities, one in the first half and one in the second. Goal keeper Robbie Cochrane, made a great save on a shot from outside the 18 yard box and then had to scramble to make a save on the rebound. In the second half it was Chris Merriman that was called on to make a slide tackle on a Capilano striker just ten yards out from the Mariner net. Stephen Ewashko and Chris Arnett also had strong games for the Mariners, but it was Jared Stephens that got the nod from his teammates and coaching staff, as the “Hard Hat” Player of the game!


VIU Mariners win 4-1 over Langara giving them 16 points in 6 games and 8 points clear of the 2nd place Capilano Blues. The team finished off their weekend on a high note coming out strong once again and getting the three points they wanted. Chris Merriman put the team on the score sheet with a shot from out side the 18 yard box, he jumped on a ball that the Falcons had tried to clear and made no mistake. Then Jared Stephens scored his first of the day, 3rd of the weekend ,Sonny Hill challenged the keeper on a cross but the keeper could only knock the ball away with Jared Stephens standing there waiting. Jared then scored another goal for the Mariners on one of his patented hard working efforts, with defenders all over him Jared still managed to get to the net and finish of his 2nd chance. The team thought they would be going into the 2nd half up by three goals but a miscue in the backline gave the Falcons a PK, Robbie Cochrane was able to get a hand on the ball but couldn’t stop it from hitting the back of the net. The half time score was 3-1 and the Mariners looked like things were still in control.

The 2nd half was much different than the 1st and unfortunately neither team could get the same momentum going. The coach’s and players from both teams were very frustrated and confused with some officiating; unfortunately it became a big distraction and took away from the entertaining game. The Mariners still played hard and kept up their intensity, Kyle Bate scored his first goal of the season midway through the 2nd half, and he was in the right spot to get on the end of a ball that Matt Mehrassa had bounced of the post. The team was very happy with their over all performance, Robbie Cochrane was awarded the Hard Hat award for his strong performance in net. Chris Merriman, Jared Stephens and Kyle Bate were also noted for having strong games, but over all it was the work rate of every player that helps to keep the mariners in first place.