CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photo Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
They fell behind early, but on Saturday the Capilano University Blues women’s soccer team showed resiliency, storming back with two quick goals before clamping down to secure a 2-1 win at home over the Douglas College Royals.
In the 11th minute, Douglas got on the board first when a cross from the right wing evaded the CapU defenders before finding Sam Kell in the middle of the pitch, who one-timed it home to put the Royals up 1-0.
It took just seven minutes for the Blues to respond. After a corner kick from Marsha Chessire was momentarily cleared, the ball made its way back to Chessire in the corner – who delivered a perfect volley back into the box where Dominika Paige flicked it into the back of the net with her head for her first career PACWEST goal.
Capilano took the lead three minutes later, as Adrianna Babinski scored her second goal in as many games. Mehar Waraich started the play with a cross from the left wing, and when the ball was partially cleared just outside the 18-yard box, the rookie midfielder ran onto the loose ball and hammered a low strike into the bottom-right corner.
At the forward position, Cassidy Ludlow had several chances to add to lead and forced Douglas into some tough defensive stops. In the 34th minute the rookie was sprung on a partial break and forced Royals keeper Alex Gazzola to make a quick save, and in the 47th she had another chance stopped when Gazzola made a strong challenge to break up the rush.
Douglas’s best chance to tie up the contest came in the 72nd minute when a couple players got behind the Capilano defence, but a slide tackle and a strong save by Nikki Gerbrandt preserved the lead.
With the 2-1 win, Capilano improves to 1-1-0 on the season and momentarily moves into a tie for first place in the PACWEST with Douglas (1-1-1) at four points.
The Blues get back underway on Sunday when CapU hosts the Vancouver Island University Mariners. Kick-off is at 12:00pm at Lillooet Park on the Capilano University campus.