Women's soccer places fifth at Nationals

November 11th, 2018

Mariners win 2 lose 2 at the 2018 CCAA National Women's Soccer Championships in Coquitlam, BC. With almost half the team 1st year players you can expect the team to be a contender next season. 

In the 5/6 placement game, the VIU Mariners and NAIT Ooks played to a thrilling conclusion, as a late-game goal pushed the PACWEST champs over the ACAC gold medallists.

The game had a cagey start, with both sides reluctant to give the other any opportunities to break through. Chloe Gummer and Shea Battie did get some open looks at goal, but both Mariners put the ball wide of the net. Most chances in the match sailed wide of goal, with both goalkeepers mostly inactive in the first half of play.

The second half saw some more open play as both sides sought to break the deadlock, but most attempts that did get through to Toni Burse and Melanie Osborne were handled without any difficulty. Burse had an excellent tournament; however a deflected shot from Nicole Foglietta in the 87th minute broke the tie.

With the Ooks down a goal, they stepped on the accelerator, but couldn't quite find an equaliser despite a great opportunity from an Augustine Gallardo free-kick, as the Mariners finished in 5th.

The 4imprint player of the game for VIU was Natsu Yayama.

In Game 1 POG -  Cara Dunlop
In Game 2 POG -  Nicole Foglietta
In Game 3 POG -  Shea Battie
In Game 4 POG -  Natsu Yayama

SHEA BATTIE was named a CCAA Tournamnet All-Star team, scoring 4 goals !!

Check out all the CCAA photos from the event

Few more photos on the Mariners Flickr account