September 4th, 2011

The VIU Mariners traveled to SFU to play the NCAA Div 2 University on Thursday and suffered a 2-0 loss. The game was played at a very high tempo with scoring opportunities at both ends, 1st year goalkeeper Scott Brown was called on to make some great clearances as SFU crossed in some very dangerous balls. The Mariners created their chances on counter attacks with 2nd year Brad Crewe having an outstanding game playing wide on the right and battling hard against some physically stronger players. Chris Arnett worked tirelessly in the middle of the park for the Mariners, the two time All-Star and one time all Canadian showed that he will be a strong presence offensively and defensively in the BCCAA again this year. The team was glad to have 4th year player Matt Mehrassa back in the line-up after sustaining a rib injury in an intersquad game two weeks ago, the co-captain is a big part of this year’s Mariners team. Last season Matt picked up defensive honours at the Provincials and Nationals, so his leadership is valued for starting 2011 season.

 I think both coach’s were happy with the result and the performances of their teams,SFU looking to be a strong team once again playing in their 2nd NCAA Div 2 season and the Mariners looking to be able to compete in the always tuff BCCAA soccer league.

 The Mariners will be training this Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday (4:30 Mariner field) with a last look at a couple new players before making final decisions on the 2011 VIU Mariner squad.


BRAD CREWE had an outstanding week for the VIU men’s soccer team, the 2nd year midfielder turned in two very strong performances Tuesday against U Vic and Thursday against SFU. Last year Brad was one of the team’s hero’s scoring a 90th min goal at the Nationals and it is good to see him building on that performance. Brad was VIU’s top player against SFU battling consistently against physically stronger player, beating his check to make play’s for his Mariners teammates.