Brent Mutis, Sports Information & Compliance Officer
LILLOOET PARK - A pair of goals in the waning moments gave the visiting Douglas College Royals a 2-0 win over Capilano University Saturday afternoon.
The two teams seemed evenly matched for much of the contest and goalkeepers Nick Luongo for Capilano and Felipe Domingos for the Royals were each forced to make seven saves. Burhan Waisy's goal after a scramble in front of the Blues net proved to be the winner and Alejandro Varela followed with a goal from the penalty spot. Both tallies came in injury time.
Capilano had their chances, including six corner kicks in the first half. Adrian Sahagun showed well on several runs down the right side and provided good service into the area but his setups didn't connect where it counted.
"We've been talking about the finishing a little bit but it comes with confidence and we just have to get a bit more quantity towards goal," said Blues head coach Alex Elliott. "There's been good opportunity but again, quantity is king right now for us."
Taking a big picture view of the season, Elliott noted his side took the first two games against Douglas and have a chance to win the season series with a good result in the rematch Sunday. He said while wins are always the objective, the process is the most important thing for his side as they prepare for the PACWEST postseason.
"I think the expectation is to win every single game but with that, we've got to find progress within it as we approach playoffs. It's a tight league, everything's within a couple points right now. We've got to take it with a grain of salt, we won the first two games against them late as well so they got one back on us today and we play them again tomorrow in the fourth (head-to-head) game of the season."
Shots by Chris Damian and Matt Fedak in the 48th and 49th minutes went respectively wide and high and Ahmed Kamal Ibrahim had a good look in close in minute 58 but he was denied by Domingos. The most dramatic moment offensively for the Blues was a result of a blast from the right foot of rookie Tyreese Meas who fired from outside the 18-yard box and beat Domingos only to see his effort hit the crossbar.
"I hit it good," said Meas. "We had a couple of chances in the second half, we dominated in the second half but towards the end… we got caught and then they punished us."
The teams square off again tomorrow at the Royals' park, Town Centre Stadium in Coquitlam. Meas believes a couple of tweaks in the Blues approach will lead to a better result.
"We just need to be quick on transitions," said Meas. "Once we lose the ball, get straight into defence and we'll be good for tomorrow."
- Capilano was without striker Jeremy Monn-Dsjangar who was sidelined after sustaining a knock in training this week.
- The win vaults Douglas into second place in the PACWEST standings, one point up on Capilano.
- After Sunday's game at Douglas, there are just two more regular-season games on the Blues 2019 calendar. They host Vancouver Island University Oct. 19 and go to Langara Oct. 20.