2017 CCAA National Men's Soccer Champs!!

November 5th, 2017

The VIU Mariners Men's Soccer Team are National Champions. On a rain soaked night in Nanaimo, the Mariners used an early first half goal and hung on for the 1-0 win over the Douglas Royals.

For just the second time in CCAA history, two teams from the same conference played for gold, and it was a definite solid game between two conference rivals for the full 90 minutes.

Stefan Cukovic capitalized on a miscue by the Royals back line as he chipped one over the outstretched hands of Ryo Mizuno to take the lead.

David Turkstra made two key saves in the first half, punching away a couple of crosses from being dangerous chances. Then it was time for the defense to shut it down.

There weren't too many opportunities created by the Royals in the second half, as Jeff Travis and Ryan McCurdy cleared balls off the line. 

Mariners Player of the Game was Colin Knight, while Tetsuya Yoshinaga was named Player of the Game for Douglas.

Check out all the great Gold Medal game photos, Thanks to Northfield Photography 

http://photo.northfield.ca/Soccer-Game-14/

Plus Mariner Flickr photos

Congratulations to Shun Takano MVP of the 2017 CCAA Men's National Championships.

Chris Merriman, Jordan De Graaf and Ryan McCurdy on  being named National All-Stars

Watch all the action including awards ceremonies courtesy of Shaw TV !!

https://app.krossover.com/g/p8ac


Mariners featured on CHEK TV

In the Nanaimo News Bulletin

On NanaimoNewsNow.com

In the Comox Record newspaper