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CapU picks up two crucial victories

CapU defender Eric Swanson. Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University
CapU defender Eric Swanson. Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team picked up two big wins on the road this past weekend, keeping their hopes of a first place finish alive with two games left in the regular season.

With a 6-2-2 record, Capilano has 20 points and sits in second place behind Douglas College with 23, and can claim top spot with wins in their final two games. The Blues have played one fewer game than the Royals, and also hold the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a 2-1-1 record against them.

The Blues and Royals headed into their final regular season meeting all square at 1-1-1 in their previous three matchups, and CapU claimed the overall advantage with a 4-2 victory on Sunday afternoon in Coquitlam.

The contest featured plenty of offence in the first half, with Patrick Izett scoring eight minutes in to put CapU in front early. Douglas answered back to even things up five minutes later, but Izett responded again in the 18th with a rocket that put the Blues up 2-1. Adrian Sahagun then added to the lead in the 33rd minute with his eighth goal of the season.

The Royals cut the deficit back to one shortly before halftime, but one minute out of the break Keith Jackson restored the two-goal lead with his league-leading 10th goal of the season. Capilano held firm throughout the remainder of the frame to secure the crucial three points.

The win came on the heels of a 3-0 shutout win over Langara College on Saturday afternoon in Vancouver. Izett again got the Blues on the board early with a marker in the fourth minute, and Marco Favaro added another shortly after to double the lead. Izett then added more insurance with another marker in the second half, giving him four goals across the weekend to go along with two assists; he now sits fifth in league scoring with six goals in nine games. Hudson Nelles made four saves in the victory to secure his fourth shutout of the season.

CapU travels to Nanaimo to face Vancouver Island University in their final weekend of play, with two wins clinching first place. A first place finish would also guarantee a berth at the CCAA Nationals, as top spot receives a bye to the PACWEST final, and the conference has a wild card berth at nationals – meaning two teams from the PACWEST will qualify.

The last two regular season games against VIU go Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Nanaimo. The PACWEST Championships are then hosted by Capilano University on October 26 and 27 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.