Men's Soccer clinches first

October 16th, 2011

VIU Men’s Soccer team did what they had to this weekend to clinch first place in there conference of the PacWest with 2 games to go.


 The Mariners came away with a 3-0 win on Saturday, against the Capilano Blues, giving the Mariners a record of 6 wins 1 loss and 2 ties with 2 league games to go. Jared Stephens opened the scoring 25 minutes in to the 1st half; it was Matt Mehrassa that put a nice ball threw for Stephens and he made no mistake chipping the keeper from just out side the 18yrd box. The Mariners controlled most of the play in the first half passing the ball around the backline but were not able to create a lot of scoring opportunities in the attacking third of the field.

 The 2nd half seemed to open up a little more and half time substitution Brad Crewe seemed to help lift the Mariners energy level. Crewe made some great runs down the right side getting lots of balls across and causing the Blues defenders some problems. Jarred Stephens also seemed to get a lift from the higher tempo and started to run at the Blues backline, because of this hard work the Mariners were awarded a number of corner kicks and it was Dan Cato that scored a great header off a Matt Mehrassa corner kick to put the M’s up by 2.  AJ Kambere finished of the scoring for the Mariners it was Jared Stephens worked hard making another one of his endless runs and then pulled the ball back to Kambere who just had to slot it low to the left side of the Blues keeper.

 The coaching staff was pleased to see starting keeper Dan Mercer get his 4th shutout of the season as he was call on to make some good saves as the Blues pressed in the 2nd half. The mariner’s backline, Dan Cato, Ben Leggett and Kevan Brown once again sealed things down, helping Mercer stop the Blues attack. Midfielder Brad Crewe Stephen Ewashko and Matt Mehrassa did well in the middle of the park for the Mariners. Jared Stephens was awarded the man of the match for the Mariners as he worked for 90 minutes, scoring one and setting up another.

The win along with some favourable results in other games left the Mariners 7 points ahead of 2nd place UBCO with 2 games remaining; this gives the Mariners a first round bye at the Provincial Championships. The Mariners will be at home this weekend against TRU and UBCO both teams will be coming in with a lot on the line as three teams fight for the last two playoff spots.


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