By taking three of possible four points during their final weekend of regular season play, the CapU men’s soccer team geared up for playoffs and secured the #2 seed at the upcoming PACWEST Championships, where they’ll compete for their third-straight provincial title.
In Saturday’s match-up against Douglas College, the Blues put their scoring prowess on display. A goal in the 28th minute by Adrian Sahagun put Capilano up 1-0 heading into halftime, and out of the break forward Kaveer Brar put the game out of reach in the span of 15 minutes. The rookie scored one minute into the second half, and then tallied again in the 59th and 61st minutes for his first career PACWEST hat trick.
Douglas answered back to cut the lead in half, as a Cap own goal and a Race Williams penalty kick made it 4-2. Yet the Blues got both those goals back, as Keith Jackson scored twice in three minutes to close out a 6-2 victory. Capilano had 19 shots on goal in the contest, forcing Royals keeper Sraw Iqbal to make 13 saves.
On Sunday afternoon, the Blues battled Vancouver Island University with first place in the conference on the line. The Mariners got out to an early advantage on a goal in the 14th minute from Shun Takano, but Capilano responded right out of halftime when Brian Cuba scored his first of the season to tie things up at one. That was where the game ended, as CapU and VIU finished their season series at 1-1-1 and an identical three goals for and three goals against.
Capilano finishes the regular season 8-2-2 and in second place in the PACWEST, three points back of VIU. The Blues will take on #3 seed Douglas in the Provincial semi-finals, with the winner advancing to the finals and securing a spot at the CCAA Nationals hosted by Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. CapU finished 2-0-1 against the Royals this season, and won their last two matchups.
Kick-off for the contest goes at 10:00am on Saturday, October 28 at Quest University in Squamish. All games at Provincials can be streamed online at pacwestbc.tv.
- For the second-straight season, Keith Jackson is the PACWEST’s scoring champ. The fourth-year forward finished with 11 goals in 11 games – four more than the next-highest total; he scored 11 in the 2016 regular season as well. It’s the third-straight year that a Capilano player has won the scoring title, as Kristian Yli-Hietanen led the league in 2015 with eight goals.
- Fifth-year Nicolas Morello finished third on the scoring leaderboard with seven goals in 11 games. Rookies Kaveer Brar and Adrian Sahagun also finished in the Top 10 for scoring, both tallying four goals on the season.
- On the goaltender leaderboard, Hudson Nelles finished second in the PACWEST in Goals Against Average with a 0.82 mark, and shutouts with five.
- The Blues and Royals squared off in the final of last year’s Provincial Tournament, with the Blues winning 4-2 to claim gold. Capilano went on to win bronze at the CCAA Nationals in Fort McMurray, Alberta.