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CapU settles for 1-1 draw against Douglas

Fourth-year defender Andrew Shoring. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Fourth-year defender Andrew Shoring. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team scored an early goal against the Douglas College Royals, but they couldn’t extend their lead and conceded a late goal to settle for a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in North Vancouver.

The Blues controlled the majority of the play early on, but Douglas had the first real chance on a breakaway – forcing goalkeeper Hudson Nelles to make a tough stop from in close. CapU took the lead shortly after, as Keith Jackson got his first of the season. The ball found its way to him at the 18-yard box, and the reigning PACWEST Player of the Year turned and fired a shot that found the top right corner.

The home side continued to attack and create quality chances throughout the first half, but failed to extend their lead heading into halftime.

With the rain picking up, Douglas controlled more of the play in the second half and eventually found the equalizer. After a run down the right wing the ball was centred to Quinn Desaulniers, who converted with a hard low strike that deflected off a defender and in.

Both sides had several chances down the stretch to take the lead. CapU had two free kicks from just outside the 18-yard box, but one was saved and the other sailed over the net. The Royals had a few close calls of their own, but Capilano’s back line held firm to ensure a 1-1 final.

With the draw, Capilano finishes the weekend with four points and sits in an early tie for first in the PACWEST with Douglas. The Blues are back in action next Saturday when they host the Langara College Falcons in the first of a weekend home-and-home series; kick-off is at 3:30pm at Lillooet Park in North Vancouver.