Brent Mutis, Sports Information & Compliance Officer
Despite drawing three yellow cards and earning a 12-2 advantage in corner kicks, the Capilano University Blues men's soccer team fell 1-0 to the visiting Langara College Falcons Saturday afternoon at Lillooet Park.
It was Taynour Bashgharch's goal in the 36th minute for the Falcons that stood up as the winner. His blast was initially stopped by Blues keeper Nick Luongo but he wasn't able to hold on as it dribbled over the line for the only goal of the game.
Capilano pushed forward in the second half searching for the equalizer but weren't able to find it. Jeremy Monn-Djasngar directed three shots on goal but was unable to beat Falcons keeper Peter Whyte who posted his first clean sheet of the season.
"There's ebbs and flows in a season that are going to happen and for us today, there was some quality in the build-out but we were a little bit lackluster in our application so I think we put ourselves in a difficult position by trying to look for perfect situations instead of quantity; we'll learn from that," said Blues head coach Alex Elliott. "For us, we're looking at the long-term here and the little blips within it are something we do need."
The Blues had six corner kicks in the second half, including four in the space of seven minutes, but Langara successfully defended each attempt and was able to clear the ball from scoring areas.
The Falcons now sit at 2-4-1 in the PacWest standings, four points back of the Blues who fall to 3-2-2. The teams will face each other again Sunday at Langara in a 2:30 p.m. start
"Tactically we know it's a narrow pitch and we've adjusted for that in the past correctly and we'll do the same again," said Elliott. "But for us, we've just got to regroup in the morning, hopefully, look at the film early on and see what we can make a change with."
- Capilano is now 1-1 head-to-head with Langara this season after a 4-3 win on Sept. 15
- The clean sheet meant Blues striker Adrian Sahagun was held goalless for just the second time this season. Sahagun leads PacWest with six goals in seven games.