CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
Keith Jackson scored in the first minute and both he and the Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team didn’t look back, as CapU scored five times in the first half and Jackson scored four goals en route to a 6-2 win over the Douglas College Royals on Sunday in North Vancouver.
Jackson got on the board just over a minute into the game, and completed a hat trick in the first half alone. The first goal came after he ran onto a cross from Bryce Millway and slotted it past the Douglas keeper, and his second was set-up by a free kick by Adrian Sahagun that Jackson volleyed into the back of the net. The hat trick was complete on a fantastic individual effort by the fifth-year forward, as he beat his defender down the left wing, fought a tackle, and finished into the top corner.
His fourth goal iced the game in the 78th minute and came on a breakaway. The four goals puts Jackson atop the PACWEST goal-scoring leaderboard with eight through five games, and makes him the eighth player in Blues history to score four in a game. The record for most goals in a game belongs to Mark Hughes, who scored six against Selkirk College in 1977.* Through 53 career games at CapU he now has 39 goals, which are the second most in PACWEST history (former Blue Corey Birza is number one with 49 in 68 games).
Sahagun was also a force for Capilano on offence, as he scored his fourth of the season and set-up two goals. His second assist came on a beautiful back heel that went right to an open Patrick Izett at the top of the box, who made no mistake.
The Royals added two late goals to make it 5-2 with 20 minutes to play, but the Blues responded with Jackson’s fourth goal of the game and had several other chances to extend their lead. In total, Capilano had 23 shots in the game.
The win came on the heels of a close loss on Saturday afternoon in Coquitlam when Douglas scored twice in extra time to take a 3-2 decision over CapU.
After the Blues fell behind 1-0 in the 22nd minute, a late first-half goal from Marco Favaro evened the score at one and a tally from Jackson in the 60th minute put the Blues in front. Yet in extra time, Burhan Waisy managed to find the back of the net twice to give Douglas the come-from-behind win.
The 1-1 weekend brings Capilano’s record to 3-1-1 and puts them one point behind first-place Douglas with a game in hand. The Blues are back at home next weekend for their final two home games of the year, with Saturday’s game against Vancouver Island University and Sunday’s versus Langara College. Kick-off is at 3:30pm on Saturday and on 2:30 on Sunday at Lillooet Park in North Vancouver.
* The first version of this story stated that Keith Jackson had tied the Capilano men's soccer record for goals in a game with four. Since then, a member of the Blues men's soccer team in 1977 and 1978, Mark Hughes, got in touch and shared a story about how he scored six goals in a game against Selkirk College in 1977. Complete PACWEST men's soccer statistics go back to 1980, and we appreciate Hughes getting in touch to help us update our record books. The info has since been updated.