Women's Soccer #2 in Canada

October 25th, 2010

They did it ... the first ever undefeated season for a Mariner Women's soccer team.
8 wins and 3 ties puts VIU in a great position going into provincials this weekend. A 2-2 tie with Capilano and a 3-2 win over Langara wraps up the regular season and earns them a bye into the semi-finals this Saturday at 12noon in Surrey. NDN Story. They will face the winner of Kwantlen and Quest. 
The men's team clinched first place in Pool B on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Capilano, they rested several players Sunday and still got the " W" with two un answered goals over Langara. 
. A 8-2-1 record earns them a first round bye and will await the winner of TRU and Langara for a 3pm game Saturday.

 

Coaches comments

Anup Kang
VIU Head Coach Women’s Soccer

Re: Final League games for VIU Women's soccer
Saturday Oct 23 at Capilano
Final
VIU 2, Capilano 2

Mariner women ranked 2nd in Canada played their last league games of the 2010 season vs Capilano and Langara, Saturday VIU started the match by taking the game to the hometown Blues and took the lead in the 23rd minute when Caity Genereaux walked in all alone and beat the Cap keeper through the five hole, Genereaux again had a glorious chance to add to the lead when she danced around a Blues player but the keeper made a nice diving save, freshman Bronte Fitzsimmons hit the crossbar at the start of the second half, Mariner tool a two goal lead when Kate Flynn blasted a shot from 18 yards out that forced Cap keeper to make a save on but she couldn't control the rebound and Fitzsimmons got to the ball first and calmly passed the ball to Jordan Tufnail who slotted it into the corner in the 60th minute, Cap got one back in the 79th minute and tied the game in the 88th minute, Fitzsimmons in injury time had a chance to win it for VIU but her blast from 20 yards out hit the crossbar.

Sunday Oct 24 at Langara

Final

VIU 3, Langara 2

With nothing to play for both teams in the standings as VIU had already clinched first in their pool and an automatic ticket to the provincial semi finals and Langara securing second place but the Mariner women had a chance to make history in going undefeated for the season.

Langara came out of the gate determined to show they are a quality side after the Mariners beat them 4-0 earlier in the year, Falcons would take the lead in the 21st minute as VIU was still trying to find it's legs, Mariners fell behind for the third time this year and once again mounted a comeback, VIU totally dominated the second half as Langara was peppered with wave after wave of attacking soccer by the Mariners, in the 57th minute Mariah Wadhams tied it up when she headed in a cross by Caity Genereux, Jordan Tufnail made a brilliant pass to spring Genereaux loose on the wing, Genereaux would give VIU the lead

5 minutes later when she rocketed a shot past the Falcons keeper, in the 77th minute Wadhams would get her second of the match to give VIU a 3-1, Kate Flynn made a nice pass to Wadhams on the play, Wadhams had a chance to get the get a hat trick when she shot over the bar, Langara would get their second late in the game to make it close but VIU would close out the match, VIU would end the season with 8 wins and 3 ties and 0 losses, they would also lead the league in goals with

29 in 11 matches, Mariner women have lost only one match over their last 25 league games.

Next Saturday at the provincials in Surrey, VIU will play winner of Kwantlen and Quest who play Friday afternoon.

"I'm proud of the girls, to go undefeated for the season in this league is something special, it's so competitive, any team can beat the other on any given day, you have to bring your A game every single match, the second half Sunday against a very good Langara team was the best soccer we have played in my four years at VIU, we scored three goals but could have had more, if we play like that at the provincials we're going be a tough matchup for anybody, we have a lot of respect for Kwantlen or Quest, definitely won't be taking either one lightly and are not looking beyond the semi-final game, we had a lot players step-up this year when we had injuries"

 

Coaches Comments
BILL MERRIMAN

The Mariners Soccer team came up with the win they needed a 2-0 win over Capilano Blues. The two teams both had a lot to play for, the Mariners wanted to clinch that first place spot and Capilano in a tight fight for one of the final two playoff spots. Stephen Hill put the Mariners up by one in the 45th minute of the first half after a great run by Romai Martin down the out side, Jared Stephens was able to get on the end of the cross but it was Hill that was able to gather up the rebound and put it away.

The first half was a very a fast paced game with Capilano keeping the intensity up and the Mariner matching them winning tackles and moving the ball up the field with good composure, Matt Mehrassa played center back with Ben Leggett filling in for the injured Dan Cato and the pair did a strong job of shutting down the blues top striker. Chris Merriman and Davis Stupich shut down any attack on the out sides the Blues tried to create.

The 2nd half, Capilano made some substitution and had a good spirited half time talk which seemed to motivate them as they came out even harder than the first. The Mariners managed to weather the first 10 minutes and then regained their composure and the game once again evened out. Robbie Cochrane once again showed why he is the top keeper in the BCCAA making to great saves to help preserve his league leading shutout percentage and goals against. The Mariners put the game away 65 min in when Jared Stephens collected a pass from Kyle Bate and scored his 9th goal of the year and keeps him as one of the top goal scores in the league.

Davis Stupich was awarded the Hard Hat award for the player of the game, Stephen Ewashko,Matt Mehrassa and Chris Arnett also put in great performances. The Mariners will now take on Langara Falcon for their final game of the season; the Falcon will be another tuff match as they are also fighting for a final play off spot.

1st place with 23 pts 9 points up on 2nd place Capilano going into the last game of the season ,this will give the team a chance to rest some players as well as players that are in card trouble.

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The Vancouver Island University Men’s soccer team finish off their season with a 2-0 win over Langara Falcons. The team had already clinched first place and were able to give some key players a much needed rest ,2009 all Canadians: Chris Arnett and Robbie Cochrane sat the game out ,VIU’s top goal scorer Jared Stephens and creative midfielder Aki Ishimine also sat out the game as did center back Dan Cato. The team was able to show their depth and strength as they did not look any different than they have all season. Dan Mercier filled in for goal keeper Robbie Cochrane and came away with a good performance, allowing no goals against.

Matt Mehrassa put the mariners on the score sheet scoring late in the 1st half a goal set up by Chris Merriman and Romai Martin. The 2nd half Martin was able to get a goal of his own and the Mariners had the 2-0 win they wanted to finish their season. Matt Rigden ,Brant Losch and Davis Stupich did well working together in the backline ,Matt Mehrassa and Romai Martin were strong and hard workers in the midfield and a number of players did well up front Chris Merriman,Brad Crewe, Mike Stogan and David Bertrand all took turns up front. Ben Leggett was given the Hard Hat award for his contribution at both ends of the field. Davis Stupich had an outstanding weekend with two great performances, Saturday against Capillano and Sunday’s game against Langara.

The Mariners finished off the season with 8 wins 1 loss 2 ties 27 goals for and 7 against ,total 26 point .The 26 points left the Mariners 9 points a head of 2nd place Capillano.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Davis Stupich showed what a good asset he is to the Vancouver Island University Men’s Soccer team. Davis has had an outstanding year with VIU playing right back and working up and down the field helping at both ends of the field. This past weekend he was a large part of VIU winning their last two league games a 2-0 win against Capillano Blues and a 2-0 win against Langara Falcons ,the right back did a great job shutting down some very talented outside midfielders on both teams. Davis is a very versatile player, while playing with the Thompson River University he was named to the all star team at the 2008 National Championships where he played in the center midfield roll and last year he was named to the 2009 all star team at the Provincial Championships as an outside midfielder with VIU. The fact that Davis can play any position on the park makes him a very valuable player and helps VIU to continually get stronger.