Tough weekend for Soccer!!

September 16th, 2012

VIU tied both games, 0 0 against Kwantlen and 1-1 against Douglas Royals this past weekend.
Comments by Head Coach Bill Merriman

 Coming away with 2 ties is not what the Mariners wanted but they knew it was a very strong league this year and it is proving to be just that. Saturday the Mariners played a hard working Kwantlen Eagles to a 0-0 draw, a game the Mariners should have come away with three points. The game might not have been their best of the season but they did create enough chances and had a very strong 2nd half. The first half saw the Eagles come out fast and determined to win every 2nd pass the Mariners made. Mariner’s keeper (Robbie Cochrane) made a couple big saves in close and VIU had some scoring chances of their own stopped by Eagles Keeper (Kevin Taheri) keeping the score at 0-0 after 45 minutes.


 The Mariners team came out strong in the 2nd half and kept the Kwantlen Eagles on their heels, midfielder Davis Stupich made several run’s deep into the Eagles end and the Mariners were rewarded with a number of corner kicks that they where not able to finish. The 2nd half ended the same as the 1st 0-0 and the Mariners had to settle for 1 point. Davis Stupich and Robbie Cochrane both having good games.

“I felt the Eagles were a very talented and hard working team but the game was a missed opportunity to get three points.)

 Sunday a very talented Douglas Royals team came into town looking to prove something to the league leading Mariners. The rivalry has been building over the last three year with Douglas winning the BC PacWest championship in 2009 over the Mariners and then the Mariners winning the Championship in 2010 and 2011.  This season the Royals have worked hard to build a strong team to compete in the 2012 National Championship, the Royals will host this season and with that the get an automatic birth into the Championship.

 Both teams did not disappoint the crowd it was a very fast played back and forth game and once again the keeper on both teams were called on to make tremendous saves. Stephen Ewashko opened the scoring midway into the first half after he was taken down and awarded a penalty shot, Ewashko stepped up and made no mistake striking the ball hard to Douglas keeper, Marc Minaeli’s right side. The game continued to be very entertaining with lots of passing and good skill being showed by both teams. The Mariners center backs Ben Leggett, Dan Cato worked well together to help stop the Douglas attack and the final score at half was 1-0 for the Mariners.

 The 2nd half was not much different than the first with both teams looking to score but it was the PacWest leading goal scorer Sahel Sandhu that found him self alone in front of the net for the tap in and the score was tied 1-1.Center midfielder Stephen Ewashko continued to work hard and tried to help the Mariners get the go ahead goal they wanted but unfortunately for Stephen he was given a red card midway into the 2nd half.

“As a coach I felt bad for Stephen, he had worked so hard for us in this very good battle by both teams. Stephen had kept his composure through out the game and I commend him on that. I was also very proud to see our team continue to push forward, even down a man they wanted the winner rather than sit back and play for a tie”

 Chris Merriman had an outstanding game running miles from his outside back position, AJ Kambere and Mateo Kostering almost combined for the winning goal late in the game, Kambere had made a great run down the right side crossing the ball just out of Kostering’s reach, Chris Merriman got on the end of the ball, put it back across and Kostering’s shot was saved once again by Royals keeper, Marc Minaeli.The game ended 1-1 in what was a very entertaining game by two of the top teams in the PacWest.

Chris Merriman, Robbie Cochrane, Dan Cato and Stephen Ewashko were just 4 players that had a good weekend but there were many of the Mariner players that contributed this past weekend.


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Comments by Head Coach Anup Kang

Kwantlen 4, VIU 0

Mariners came out sluggish and never really found their legs against a hungry Eagles team, Kwantlen was awarded a penalty shot early on. VIU keeper Shelby Walker got her fingers on the shot but hit the inside of the post and in, Eagles would score twice more before the half to make it 3-0.

Second half VIU played a bit better but Kwantlen scored on a free kick which made it 4-0, that would be the final score.


Douglas 2, VIU 1

After a disappointing game Saturday VIU came out flying and dictated the match. Mariner's spent almost all of the first 25 minutes in Douglas end but were unable to put the ball in the net. Royals on their very first attack of the match in the 26th minute scored to take the lead. Emma Johansson got that back three minutes later, she was sent in all alone on the keeper by a brilliant through ball from Mariah Robinson. 

Douglas would again take the lead against the run of play in the 70th minute on a free kick that hit the underside of the crossbar and on. Mariners had 4 corner kicks in the dying minutes of the match but couldn't tie it up.

" It was definitely not the results we expected this weekend, Saturday we just didn't have our legs and Kwantlen took advantage.  If we continue to play like we did on Sunday we'll be fine, our shape was good and we didn't give them anything, they only had one real good chance in the game, I thought we were very creative today, we've dug ourselves a bit of hole in the standings but it's still really tight from top to bottom, we have two top teams coming in next weekend, we know how they both play and we'll spend this week preparing for them"