CCAA Men's Soccer Nationals

November 2nd, 2014

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Mariners beat Holland College, off to national soccer semifinal

Ross Armour / Daily News
November 6, 2014

A Victor Blasco goal was enough to seal victory for the VIU Mariners yesterday in the opening game of the men's national soccer championships.

Blasco, the team's player of the year who was named as an All-Canadia this week, broke the deadlock midway through the second half to down Holland College of PEI in Oakville.

Mariners coach Bill Merriman was pleased with the team's performance but said the win could've been a lot more comfortable.

"We completely dominated and should have put this team to bed a lot earlier than we did," the coach said. "We had a lot of chances in the first half, in particular, and should've taken a few more of them."

That led to some nervy moments near the end, but Merriman's backline was able to stand firm and hold out for the clean sheet.

"We brought that on ourselves," Merriman said.

"The other team pushed everyone forward towards the end so it was a little bit scary."

On a more positive note, left back Mateo Kostering and central midfielder Keegan Lang both started the game and came through it unscathed after both being injury doubts prior.

"It was great to have them back. Mateo in particular works really well with Victor down the left," Merriman said.

Egyptian defender Aly Adeeb was awarded player of the game.

The Mariners will have to raise their game though as next up the team face Algonquin College Thunders from Ontario who won their opening game emphatically 7-0 yesterday.

"They're a very good team with excellent players," said Merriman. "They played before us yesterday so we watched a bit of their game. They are very clinical and finish their chances well but I didn't think the team they were playing did a good job of marking up.

"They gave Algonquin a lot of space to play so that's something we are going to have to work at to stop. With their talented players, if you give them chances they will score goals so we have to limit them."

The winner of the Mariners-Thunder game will advance to the final of the national championships for a shot at the gold medal. The loser will make up one half of the bronze medal game.