Men's Soccer Update

August 31st, 2011

The VIU Mariners Men’s Soccer team is in the thick of their preseason soccer schedule and so far things have looked good for the Mariners.

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Last week the Mariners played newly promoted Prospect Lake of the VISL 1st division and came away with a convincing win.

Returning, 4th year player Jarred Stephens showed that he will once again be one of the top strikers in the league, coming away with 3 goals while playing limited minutes. 1st year player Andres Algarin also played well chipping in with 2 goals of his own. The game was a great opportunity to see all VIU’s new recruits and most of the returning players in a game situation.  The coaching staff was happy with what they saw.

 

Saturday VIU traveled to Everette Washington to face a strong Trinity Lutheran College.  Allthough they lost 1-0 there was a lot of positive things the Mariners could take away from the game.

The Mariners made the trip down south of the boarder short five of last year’s returning starters because of injuries and passport issues, but that didn’t stop the team from putting in a great performance .  4th year player Davis Stupich and 1st year Kevan Brown both played outstanding games filling in for last years center backs Matt Mehrassa and Ben Leggett.  The one two combination of 3rd year Romaie Martin and 1st year AJ Kambere showed that they will be tough to handle with their pace and ball control, the two can run at defenders and make things happen for the Mariners.

Tuesday the team went down to Victoria to play the University of Victoria, a game that ended in a 1-1 tie with VIU leading 1-0 until late in the game.  The Mariners were unlucky not to get their 2nd win vs UVIC.  The Mariners started strong with Kevan Brown and 2nd year Brad Crewe running at the Vikes back line and getting some great crosses in, giving the Mariners some good goal scoring opportunities. 4th year player Chris Arnett and 3rd year Dan Cato played well in the middle of the park as they both worked consistently hard, Chris Arnett was rewarded in the 2nd half with a great goal from 20 yards out as he beat the keeper high in the top right corner. Then a bit of a scaring moment with 15 min to go, when Dan Cato required 23 stitches over his left eye when he collided head to head with a U Vic player. The game resumed and the Vikes were able to equalize on a missed clearance by a Mariner defender with 10 min to go. The defensive pairing of Davis Stupich and Ben Leggett did a strong job challenging all the balls knock in the air by the Vikes team, Stupich and Leggett were able to clear away a lot of those balls by getting their heads to the ball first.

The game against a very strong UVIC team was a great test for the Mariners before their big game this Thursday against SFU, away in Vancouver.