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Blues and Royals alternate 1-0 wins on weekend

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

After a 3-3 draw in their first meeting on September 9, the Capilano University Blues women’s soccer team and the Douglas College Royals continued their even play during this weekend’s home-and-home, with each side recording a 1-0 victory on the road.

The Royals headed into the weekend ranked 5th in the CCAA and the Blues in 13th, and it was Douglas who controlled the majority of the play in Saturday’s game in Coquitlam. The home team recorded eight shots on goal in the first half compared to just one for CapU, but goalkeeper Darian Roussy was up to the task to keep the game scoreless.

The game’s only goal came in the 83rd minute on a set piece by Capilano off a corner kick. The ball was played in to Claire Ye who was trailing the play, and her shot found the back of the net for what proved to be the game winner.

The narrative flipped in Sunday’s game on the North Shore, as Douglas scored a second-half goal en route to a 1-0 victory and a weekend split. In the 61st minute, Mikayla Hamilton got behind the Blues defence and ran on to a through ball, and while Roussy challenged and got a piece of the shot, the ball still found its way into the net for the game’s only goal.

CapU had several chances in the second half to get on the board, including a shot from outside the 18-yard box rang off the crossbar shortly after the Douglas goal. A header by Brooklynn Doucette was narrowly off target, and Royals keeper Alex Gazzola made a diving stop midway through the frame as one of her four stops in the contest.

The weekend split brings Capilano’s record to 1-2-2 and puts them at five points on the season. They sit in fourth place in a crowded PACWEST conference that has the top and bottom teams separated by only five points.

The Blues play their final two home games of the season next weekend when they host the Vancouver Island Mariners and Langara College Falcons on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Kick-off goes at 1:00pm on Saturday and 12:00pm on Sunday at Lillooet Park in North Vancouver.