Men's soccer wins in PG

September 25th, 2011

VIU Mariners traveled up to Prince George on the weekend to play the UNBC Timberwolves in a must win game. The Mariners put in their pest performance of the season, putting lots of pressure on the Timberwolves and creating some good scoring opportunities but it was UNBC that struck first on a loose ball early in the half. The Mariners came back with a goal from striker Jared Stephens, scoring his 4th goal in four games, Stephens finished off a nice passing play started by Davis Stupich.  The Mariners scored their go ahead goal minutes later with Stupich getting one of his own off a corner kick set up by Chris Arnett and Kevan Brown. AJ Kambere finished the scoring in the first half on a great finish high in top right corner, Kambere showed some great individual skill and composure in front of the net.

 The first half was full of very entertaining soccer with Kevan Brown and Davis Stupich working well together and combining to create chances for the Mariners. Midfielders Chris Arnett, Stephen Ewashko and Matt Mehrassa played great together after being reunited for the first time thanks to the return of Center back Ben Leggett.

 The 2nd half was more wide open with Mariners carrying the play but some scoring opportunities at both ends UNBC hitting a goal post and a cross bar and VIU watched a well hit ball from Dan Cato go off the cross bar and Stephen Ewashko penalty shot was saved by the Timberwolves goalkeeper. The Mariners keeper Dan Mercier was called on to make a first class save getting a hand on a shot that was heading to the bottom corner. David Bertrand finished the scoring for the VIU Mariners, Bertrand gathering up a cross from Davis Stupich and put it past the UNBC keeper.

 The coaching staff was impressed with the team’s performance and the way they executed the things they were asked to do. Players of note were a little harder to pick out because of the full team effort but would have to say midfielder Davis Stupich had a good day ,he was in on all 4 goals scored one and helped with the other three. Jared Stephens continued to work hard for the Mariners up front as he has in the previous three games. Chris Arnett played a strong game in the midfield creating chances and unlucky not to score a couple of his own. Brad Archibald and Ben Leggett both put in good performances locking down the Mariners backline.