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Blues fall to Royals

Blues fall to Royals

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

The Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team scored the opening goal on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver, but a late push from the Douglas College Royals saw the visitors tally twice in the second half to come away with a 2-1 victory.

Both teams got out to a fast pace and had chances in the first half. A few minutes in, Nicolas Morello put one off the side of the net, and later in the period a header off a corner kick hit the crossbar. On the other end, goalkeeper Hudson Nelles had to make a couple quick reaction saves, helping keep the game scoreless at halftime.

The Blues took the first lead of the game shortly after play resumed out of the break. Off a corner kick, Stefane Obergfell was taken down in the box giving CapU a penalty kick, where Nic Morello stepped up and converted to put his team up 1-0.

Capilano had a few chances later on to add to their lead but couldn’t convert, and Douglas later took advantage. In the 71st minute a cross from the right wing found Quinn Dawson, who deflected the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer.

Six minutes later, the Royals kept up the pressure and took their first lead of the game. Douglas earned a penalty kick of their own after they were fouled in the area, and Race Williams made no mistake. Williams had another chance from the spot in the 83rd, but run it off the post.

Capilano ramped up the pressure in the waning minutes and placed several balls into the area, but Douglas held firm and cleared each attack to secure the 2-1 win.

CapU falls to 1-0-1 in the early stages of the regular season and sits in third place, while Douglas improves to 1-1-1 and is in second.

The Blues are back in action tomorrow afternoon at home when they take on the visiting Vancouver Island University Mariners, who are currently ranked #3 in the CCAA and sit atop the PACWEST standings at 2-0-1; Capilano entered the weekend ranked #5 in the nation. Kick-off is at 2:30pm at Lilloeet Park in North Vancouver.