After a close loss in the semis of the PACWEST Championships, the Capilano University men’s soccer team found their offensive stride in Sunday’s consolation final to defeat the Vancouver Island University Mariners 5-1 and finish their season with a bronze medal.
In his final game with Capilano, fifth-year Nicolas Morello finished his career in style with four goals in the match. Playing up front, the North Shore native finished off a cross in the fourth minute to give the Blues the lead, then added another midway through the frame. VIU cut the lead to one on a goal by Peter Cooper, but Morello answered back to complete the hat trick on a great individual effort.
CapU made it 4-1 midway through the second half on Morello’s fourth of the game from right in front of the net, which set a new PACWEST championship record for goals in a game. Rookie forward Andreas Alves added one more in extra time off a pass from Kaveer Brar to make it a 5-1 final.
The Blues earn the bronze medal, giving them a medal at the PACWEST Championship for the third-straight year. It's the program's fourth provincial bronze medal, which goes along with 13 provincials golds and 13 silvers.