Banner Raising at Soccer Home Openers

September 16th, 2018

The 2018 Soccer home opener weekend included a national banner raising of the last years CCAA Men's title. Most of the 2017 team was on hand to celebrate the raising of the banner, including Bill Merriman receiving the signed game ball from Stephanie White - Director of High Performance Sport, Recreation and Physical Literacy. 

The weekend of competition had mixed results in back to back games with the Douglas Royals.Women split with Douglas and the men battled but only managed a single point.

In the Saturdays 3-2 women's loss, Coach Lindo says " I was disappointed not to get a result but we have to learn from our mistakes.  "Douglas we’re ruthless in their finishing and that is something we have to strive for.  There were still many positives, especially surrounding the goals and was nice to see some set pieces finally come together.  Hitting the bar twice in the last ten to almost get a point showed a lot of character."
Sunday the women's team got their first victory and dealt the Douglas Royals their first loss, with a 1-0 score. A second half goal by Maddy Dawson in the 47th minute was all the M's needed."We made some changes to nullify some of their threats and our players carried out their roles superbly. Certain players got a chance to prove themselves and certainly did that.  It wasn’t pretty at times but it was pleasing to see our players grind out the result and still play some excellent soccer for long periods.  After being beaten by Douglas convincingly last season this certainly feels like we’re going in the right direction.  Very proud of the team and next week we will look for a 6 point weekend." Comments Head Coach Kevin Lindo.

Read more in the Nanaimo News Bulletin

Mariners lost 4-2 on Saturday, but were always in the game. Ryan McCurdy scored the first Mariner goal early in the second half to even things up at 1-1, but the Royals regained the lead shortly there after. Royals went out to a 3-1 lead, but Max Mohen tipped one in at the 76th minute to bring the Mariners within a goal of tieing. In the 90th minute the Royals clinched it with another goal.

Sundays game was a different story, Mariners had control for the majority of the game. Joel Harry notched the first Mariner goal only to have the Royals tie it up. Taylor Arbour scores for the M's to take the lead, but Royals tie it up again. Cole Senchar puts the Mariners up 3-2, but .... you guessed it, Royals score. The Mariners continue to press, putting two shots off the post, but the game would end 3-3.

Next weekend, more home games !! Back to back games with the Langara Falcons

PHOTO GALLERY thanks to Northfield Photography