Men's soccer almost perfect

September 16th, 2013

VIU Men's Soccer team just missed out on the six points they wanted, but still went undefeated over the weekend with a win and a tie.

Ben Robson lead the Mariner on Saturday with two goals in the first half as they beat Langara College 2-1.  Robson didn't take long to get his first goal as he jumped on a loose ball in the penalty area 4 minutes into the game.  The Mariners continued to play some entertaining soccer creating some good scoring opportunities, but were not able to finish until the 40th min mark of the first half.  Farhad Abdulgani and Keegan Lang combined with some good passing to slip Ben Robson in alone on Langara goal keeper, Noah Pawlowski, Robson made no mistake with a well placed shot to give Mariners a 2-0 lead. The Falcons made the score close after 42 minutes, Mynor Campos scored a penalty shot low to VIU keeper, Scott Brown's right side. There were some opportunities by both teams in the 2nd half but neither team could find the back of the net and the final score had the young Mariners knocking off the Nationally 2nd ranked Langara Falcons.
 Sunday the VIU Mariners had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Quest University, the Mariners worked hard and created scoring opportunities in the first half as well as the 2nd half.  The Mariners were not able to score until 20 minutes into the 2nd half, it was Mateo Kostering that broke free and let a shot go from 18 yrds out.  Quest keeper , Evan Cross, who had made a number of great saves had no chance on the Kostering shot. The game looked like it was going to end 1-0 for the Mariners when a free kick at the 93rd minute was awarded to Quest and Laith Matlak was able to get his head on the cross and put the ball in behind Mariner keeper Scott Brown. The final score ended 1-1 and the Mariner players in disbelief of what had just happened.
 "I was very happy with the way our team had performed over the weekend and they look like they are starting to show signs of jelling together as a team and playing for each other. I would have liked to have seen us finish more of the chances we had created because we all know in this league every game is going to be a battle and you need every point."
 " First year players Keegan Lang and Ben Robson worked hard for us and were big contributors to our 4 point weekend. Second year player Mateo Kostering came up with a big weekend and fifth year Dan Cato anchored our backline as he has in all 4 of our games".