CapU Blues soccer: week 4 summary

Blues goalkeeper Hudson Nelles
Blues goalkeeper Hudson Nelles

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photos Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures

Saturday, September 30

Capilano Blues – 1
Douglas Royals – 4

After Capilano University handed Douglas College a 2-1 loss back in week 2, the Royals handed the Blues women's soccer team their first loss of the season with a 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam.

Douglas struck first in the 23rd minute when a strike from Sonali Dholliwar found the back of the net. Capilano pressured right away for the equalizer and kept the ball mainly in the Royals’ half over the next 10 minutes, but a quick counter attack in the 36th minute led to a Sneha Sandhu goal and a 2-0 deficit.

The Blues got the goal back just two minutes later, as rookie Claire Ye scored her second of the season on a strike from the right wing that found the top left corner.

The Royals regained their two-goal lead shortly out of halftime when Martina Pettenon scored in the 50th minute, and 20 minutes later Mikayla Hamilton scored on a breakaway to make it 4-1.

 

Capilano Blues – 1
Douglas College – 0

On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Coquitlam, the Capilano University men’s soccer team battled to a 1-0 win over Douglas College – evening up their season series at one win apiece.

The Royals had the majority of the early chances, and forced goalkeeper Hudson Nelles to be sharp. The fourth-year goalie denied a couple Douglas opportunities from close range, and cleared away several crosses into the area to keep the Royals off the board.

On the offensive end, the Blues found their offensive rhythm mid-way through the second half. After a couple close calls and near misses, the veteran duo of Nicolas Morello and Keith Jackson teamed up again to get their team on the board. In the 68th minute, Morello controlled the ball on the right side and carried it towards open space in the centre of the pitch – where he delivered a perfect through ball to Jackson, who ran onto it and converted. It was Jackson’s league-leading seventh goal of the season.

Douglas reapplied the pressure over the next 20 minutes, and despite being down to 10 men, the Blues held firm and secured the 1-0 victory. Nelles made seven saves in recording his third shutout of the season.

 

Sunday, October 1

Capilano Blues – 3
VIU Mariners – 3

In a back-and-forth affair, a goal from rookie Adrianna Babinski off a corner kick in extra time helped the Blues come back and earn a 3-3 draw against the Vancouver Island Mariners on Sunday afternoon in Ladysmith.

The Blues took a 2-0 lead into halftime, as both Natalie LeClerc and Marsha Chesshire each scored their first goals of the season. The Mariners then responded out of halftime to even things up, with Shea Battie scoring in the 51st and 55th minutes to make it 2-2.

With 11 minutes left in regulation, VIU took their first lead of the game on a tally from Katie Rogers. Yet the Blues didn’t quit – and as they pressed in the game’s final moments, they were rewarded when Babinski’s corner kick in extra time found the back of the net to make it a 3-3 final. Babinski now has four goals in six games, good for second-most in the PACWEST.

Through four weeks of PACWEST play, CapU is 1-4-1 with seven points – putting them in fourth place in the crowded conference standings. The Blues take on Quest University twice next week: On Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 in Squamish, and then back at home on Saturday, October 7 at 1:00pm.

 

Capilano Blues – 2
VIU Mariners – 0

After CapU handed VIU their first and only loss of the season back on September 17, the Mariners exacted some revenge with a 2-0 win over the Blues on Sunday afternoon.

Vancouver Island scored twice in the opening frame on goals from Jamie Taylor and Jordan DeGraaf, and David Turkstra made three saves in the contest to record the shutout. It was the first game this season that the Blues had been shut out.

The Blues remain in second place in the standings with 12 points and a 4-0-2 record through six games. They’ll have a chance to gain ground on idle first-place VIU in Week 5 when take on Quest University twice: On Thursday, October 5 at 8:00 in Squamish, and then back at home on Saturday, October 7 at 3:30pm.