Men's soccer salvage a tie

September 18th, 2011

Saturday the VIU Men's soccer team dropped 3 points to a
talented Douglas Royals team, a game that could have gone either way. The
Mariners found them selves down 1-0 in the first 5 min of the game on a goal
that they would like to have back. The goal was a big set back for the
Mariners in such a big game, the players worked hard but unlike the week before they were not
able to dig them self out of the hole.


 The rest of the game had some scoring opportunities by both teams but no
one was able to finish it off. The Mariners played some very good soccer,
the defensive line of Brad Archibald, Davis Stupich, Matt Mehrassa and first
year standout Kevan Brown all turned in 90 min of hard work. Striker Jared
Stephens was unlucky not to get on the score sheet but he put in another top
performance trying to lead his team, he ran hard both defensively and
offensively and was voted player of the game by his team mates. Dan Cato
played one of his best games of the season as a ball winner in the center of
the park; Dan continually won tackles and distributed the ball to his team

 The coaching staff obviously was not happy with the loss but at the same
time felt the Mariners showed, if they play the ball around and continue
their work rate they will be a team to contend with.

Read more in the NNB

 Sunday the Mariners played to a 2-2 tie against Kwantlen University, The
Mariners played some very entertaining soccer and created some good goal
scoring opportunities, Kwantlen did all they could to stop Jared Stephens,

 Midfielders Chris Arnett and Stephen Ewashko ran
off their striker and helped create scoring opportunities, but could not
finish their chances. Matt Mehrassa and Davis Stupich played solid in
the middle of the backline showing composure and helping build the Mariners
attack from the back. Dan Mercer had a strong start in net getting his first start of the
season in goal. The mariners went into the half tied 0-0.

 The 2nd half saw the mariners come out even stronger and played some
possession soccer against a hard working Kwantlen team. The mariners were
rewarded when Jared Stephens finished off a rebound on a hard shot by Dan
Cato as the Mariners went up by one and looked like they were on track. The
Kwantlen Eagles were then awarded a penalty shot a call that had all players
coach's and fan's in disbelief and confused. The Eagles finished their PK but had to
shoot a 2nd time because a player had encroached the 18yrd box, but once
again they finished it well with goalkeeper Dan Mercer having no chance, the
score then tied 1-1. The Mariners team with Dan Cato and substitute Brant
Losch didn't stop and went a head 2-1 with a goal scored by Stephen Ewashko
but again the Kwantlen Eagles were awarded a penalty shot shortly after the
Mariners took the leed.The 2nd penalty shot was another blow to the hard
working Mariner players and left people wondering what was going on, a hand ball was the call. The
Eagles buried their shot and levelled the score at 2 each. The Mariners
continued to work and had thought they had a penalty shot of their own late
in the game, when 1st year player Pete McKay was taken down just inside the
box, but the free kick was awarded inches outside the 18 and the Kwantlen
defender was red carded for the foul. Matt Mehrassa stepped up to take the
free kick, his well struck ball was stopped by the wall off Kwantlen players

and the game ended 2-2. The Mariners will look to build from this tough weekend at home
and learn from it.

Jared Stephens CCAA Featured player of the week

" We will back on the field this Tuesday with our focus on UNBC" HC Bill Meriman

Players of note were midfielder; Dan Cato (selected player of the game by
his teammates), defenders; Davis Stupich, Kevan Brown and Matt Mehrassa.