CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
In their season opener against the defending CCAA national champions, the Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team took an early lead and didn’t look back – defeating the Vancouver Island University Mariners 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver.
Second-year forward Adrian Sahagun tallied a hat trick in the contest, with the first goal coming just six minutes into the game. After midfielder Bryce Millway found the winger down the right side with a long aerial pass, Sahagun controlled and cut back to the middle before finishing with a low shot into the corner of the net.
The Blues doubled their lead 20 minutes later when Patrick Izett converted from the penalty spot. Fifth-year forward Keith Jackson drew the foul on a partial break down the left wing, and Izett, a transfer from the University of British Columbia, made no mistake on the ensuing penalty kick.
VIU didn’t go away quietly, and Blues goalkeeper Hudson Nelles had to be sharp with a couple diving stops late in the frame to preserve the two-goal lead heading into halftime.
With the Mariners down to 10 men after a red card late in the first half, CapU kept up their offensive pressure out of halftime. Sahagun put a shot off the post a few minutes after the break, but he got his second of the game shortly after when a cross into the middle caused some misdirection among the VIU defenders and bounced into the back of the net. The hat trick was soon completed when he fired home a volley from inside the box to make it 4-0.
Capilano’s back line held firm for the remainder of the contest – snuffing out any potential scoring threats to preserve the clean sheet.
The Blues are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, September 9, when they host the defending PACWEST champion Douglas College Royals. Kick-off goes at 2:30 at Lillooet Park in North Vancouver.