CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photo Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
In a battle between two of the top-5 teams in the CCAA, the Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team came out on top, scoring twice in the second half to take home a 2-0 decision over the Vancouver Island University Mariners on a rainy Sunday afternoon in North Vancouver.
The high-powered teams – VIU ranked #3 and CapU at #5 – traded chances throughout the first half, but neither able to find the back of the net. Both keepers – Hudson Nelles for Capilano and David Turkstra for VIU – did well to battle the wet conditions and prevented rebounds on any shots fired their way.
Throughout the contest Blues fifth-year Nicolas Morello fired several long throw-ins into the box, and his efforts were rewarded in the 69th minute. After the initial touch off the toss was batted down by the keeper, Keith Jackson followed up and headed home the rebound to put CapU on the board. It was Jackson’s league-leading fourth goal of the season.
VIU instantly pressured for the equalizer, pinning the Blues in their own end over the next period of play. Yet after drawing a foul on a run down the left wing, Capilano found some much-needed insurance in the 87th minute. Marco Favaro played a perfect free kick onto the boot of Kaveer Brar, who tapped the ball into the centre where a sliding Andres Romo finished it off for his first of the season.
The Blues nearly added one more in extra time when Brar turned and fired from 18 yards out, forcing a leaping save from Turkstra.
On the defensive end, Nelles earned his first shutout of the season, and the back line played tough all contest to stymie a Mariners offence that had scored 11 goals through their first three games.
The win served as a solid bounce-back after a loss to Douglas on Saturday, and improves Capilano to 2-0-1 in regular season play – good for second in the PACWEST with six points. VIU remains atop the standings at 3-0-1 and nine points.
The Blues get back underway next Sunday when they travel to take on Langara College (0-0-3). Kick-off is at 2:30pm at Musqueam Turf in Vancouver.