Men's Soccer Update

September 2nd, 2012

 Vancouver Island University men's soccer team came up short in two games over the past four days,but they were valuable games for the Mariners against two first class teams. Thursday they fell to the 2011 CIS Champions  UVic 4-0 in Victoria and then on Sunday a 3-0 loss against a top ranked NCAA Div 2 SFU in Vancouver.
"You never want to lose games but in the preseason if you can take something away from your loss and improve on that, then you have also taken a step forward to improve your program. I think against UVic some of our younger players were able to see just how hard you need to work .The SFU game we were out shot by a large margin, it is one thing to create chances but you need to take those shots when you get the opportunity."
 The UVic game stayed 0-0 for the first 65 minutes and then UVic struck for 2 goals in 10 min and added 2 more before the game was over. The Mariners played well against a strong UVic squad,it was a good test for some of the Mariner's first year players and you could tell the young Mariners are still getting used to the pace of collegiate soccer. Veteran players Dan Cato and Chris Merriman were strong in the back line while both Aki Ishamine and Matt Mehrassa came on late in the 2nd half to help settle things down in the midfield. Robbie Cochrane showed he is starting to get back to his form as he came up with some key saves in the first half to play 45 minutes of shut out soccer.

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 The SFU game was a good test for the Mariners and they showed that they had improved on some of the things they needed to work on. There was a lot of positives in this game as first year player Jordan DeGraff showed that his pace will be something to watch for, Drisssa Douare did well to hold the ball up front for the Mariners, midfielders Matt Mehrassa,Stephen Ewashko and Mateo Kostering were able to get forward and help in the attack. The Clan scored early on a free kick that had taken a deflection off a defender, then just before half time a turnover in the middle of the park turned into a goal for SFU 2-0 half time score. Mariners came out stronger in the 2nd half and created more scoring opportunities with Dan Cato being stopped by the Clan keeper.  Also first year players Kostering and Colin Knight were unlucky to miss a couple of opportunities.  Robbie Cochrane made a big save on a penalty shot part way into the 2nd half to keep the Mariners in the game but it was short lived when Cochrane was beat on a screened shot to give SFU the 3-0 win.
 With VIU Head Coach Bill Merriman and his youngest son (Mariners left back) Chris Merriman on one side of the field and his oldest son(past VIU assistant coach) James Merriman, now assistant coach at SFU on the other side of the field it made for an interesting family reunion.

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