M's Men's soccer split

September 8th, 2013

Saturday VIU Mariners started their PacWest season against UBCO, one of two teams that will be off to the CIS next year.
 The game was an enjoyable soccer game with some great talent and good chances by both teams. VIU going through a rebuild after their three trips to the Nationals and UBCO also building ,but for another reason ,next seasons will be their first year in the CIS.
  VIU's Ben Robson (1st year player) was taken down in the penalty area just 11 min into the game and Nick Moore (2nd year player) stepped up and made no mistake butting the ball past UBCO keeper Logan Ellis.
 It was UBCO tying the game at 1-1 at the 17:00 min mark ,UBCO's Dylan Abbot 28 yrd free kick in behind VIU's Scott Brown .
 Then 30 min VIU's Keegan Lang (1st Year player) picked up a rebound of the UBCO keeper to put the Mariners up by 1 and Farhad Abdulgani (3rd year player) added one more before half time. Abdulgani should some great skill when he turned in the box and fired a shot far post.
The Mariners went in to the 2nd half with a 3-1 lead ,but it was UBCO striking first to keep the game close. The Heats John Lee was able to finish a chance near post off a free kick 14 min into the 2nd half.
 With the score 3-2 it was VIU's David Durrant (2nd year player) that was able to finish a rebound off a Farhad Abdulgani shot, giving the Mariners a 4-2 win and their first points of the season.
 Vancouver Island University Mariners met TRU Wolfpack on Sunday in PACWEST men’s soccer. VIU came up short with a 4-2 final score in a match which saw one VIU player ejected for a retaliation and a number of cards given out to both team.
TRU opened the scoring at the 9th min mark off a corner kick ,VIU's lack of marking resulted in Oriol Torres (3rd year player) picking up a ball at the near post and should a good bit of skill to chip the ball over VIU keeper Scott Brown. 

The Mariners came back 30 min in, Nick Moore (2nd year player) took a great freekick from 24 yards out bent it over the wall and TRU keeper Travis Froehlich could only stand and watch it go in.

Thompson Rivers regained a 1 goal lead 40 min in when Torres got his head on another TRU free kick and redirected it past the VIU keeper.
The first half ended 2-1 with VIU very much in the game and showing signs that the young Mariners were adjusting to the much more physical TRU Wolfpack.

A mistake in the backline allowed TRU,s  Justin Wallace (4th year player), to get in behind the defenders and put TRU up 3-1 at the 51 minute mark.

The game continued to be a stop and go affair with many whistles for fouls and VIU’s Renan Rebelatto (4th year player) was given a red card on a retaliation call. The Mariners continued to work hard and tried to regain their composure in a very scrappy game..

Unfortunately with VIU down a man, TRU went up by three goals on a own goal, a shot that took a deflected of a Mariner player. The Mariners still didn't stop and continued to put pressure on the Wolfpack backline, it was Keegan Lang that finish a three way passing play and then showed some great work of his own to put a shot top corner.
TRU was awarded a PK at the 70 min ,when Scott Brown took down a TRU striker down as he took the ball wide of the net. With the TRU team on the sideline getting drinks ,Brown came up with a great save to help keep his team in the game. 
 It looked like VIU was going to get a PK of their own when Keegan Lang was taken down in the box ,but the ball was placed just outside and Farhad Abdulgani's free kick went just over the bar.
"This was a great test for our young VIU Mariners, TRU came out hard and physical and at first I think we were a little intimidated."
 "Playing up there you know you are always in for a war and no matter how you try to prepare your team for that  unless players have been in that situation as a coach you don't know how they will react"
  "I think all in all it was a good learning experience for our team, we came away with 3 out of the 6 points and players were able to see the level of soccer in the PacWest and the differenent styles against two teams that will be heading into the CIS next season."