CapU heads into playoffs as #2 seed

Photo Tae Hoon Kim, Capilano University
Photo Tae Hoon Kim, Capilano University

The Capilano University Blues women’s soccer team will head into next weekend’s PACWEST Provincial Championships as the #2 seed after a couple close losses in their final weekend of regular season play.

On Saturday afternoon in Coquitlam, the Blues squared off against the Douglas College Royals in a battle for first place. The Royals got on the board first in the sixth minute when a free kick ricocheted off a CapU player in front of the net and went in for an own goal, and Douglas received another fortunate bounce in the 50th minute when another own goal put Capilano down 2-0.

Capilano kept the pressure, and found the score sheet in the 80th minute when forward Jaime Petersen scored her first career PACWEST goal to cut the deficit to one. Yet the Blues couldn’t find the late equalizer, resulting in a 2-1 loss.

On Sunday, the Blues faced off against the Vancouver Island Mariners in Squamish due to field conditions in North Vancouver. After a scoreless first half, VIU got on the board in the 76th minute when Rachel Jones scored the eventual game winner. Jones scored again in the 90th to make a 2-0 final.

Despite the two losses, Capilano had wrapped up second place in the PACWEST, which is the highest the Blues have finished in the standings since 2003. They finish the year with a 5-4-3 record and 19 points – a six-point improvement from last season.  

As the #2 seed at Provincials, they’ll face the #3 seed Langara College Falcons. Capilano recorded one win and two ties against Langara this season, with the latest match-up being a 1-0 win for the Blues on October 15.

The semi-final match-up is at 5:00pm Friday, October 27 at Quest University in Squamish, with the winner moving on to Saturday’s final. The gold medal winner at Provincials will advance to the CCAA Nationals co-hosted by the University of King’s College at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

All games at the PACWEST championship tournament will be live-streamed on pacwestbc.tv.

Blue Notes:

  • Rookie midfielder Adrianna Babinski finished the season second on the PACWEST scoring leaderboard with seven goals in 11 games. Fellow rookie Claire Ye also finished in the top 10, scoring three goals.
  • On the goalie leaderboard, Brittney Roussy led the league in shutouts with 3.5, and was third in goals against average with a 0.91 mark over eight games played. Nikki Gerbrandt finished fifth with a 1.33 GAA.
  • Nine different Blues players found the scoresheet in 2017, with six scoring at least two goals.
  • Last season at the PACWEST Provincials, Capilano fell 2-1 in overtime to Douglas in the semis, before rebounding with a 2-1 win in penalties over Langara to claim the bronze medal.