CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
In a rematch of last season’s PACWEST Championship final, the Capilano University Blues women’s soccer went back and forth against the Douglas College Royals, with the end result being a 3-3 tie on a rainy afternoon in North Vancouver.
CapU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from second-year forward Catrina Olstrom. The first came in the 23rd minute after Marsha Chesshire jumped into the play to get the ball up to Olstrom who did the rest – slipping past two defenders before calmly firing a low shot into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, Olstrom got her second of the game when she gathered the ball on the right wing, beat her defender and curled a shot into the top right corner from just inside the box.
Douglas answered back right away to tie the game up at two, with both goals coming off of crosses from the right wing. Sam Kell scored the Royals’ first goal less than a minute after the Blues made it 2-0, and a few minutes after that Emma Thomas converted from in front of the net to make it 2-2.
Capilano pressured to retake the lead out of halftime, and Arin McIldoon had great a chance on a breakaway – but Douglas keeper Alexa Gazzola challenged and made the save. The Royals then responded shortly after with a counter, and Mikayla Hamilton put the visitors in front with a breakaway goal in the 59th minute.
The Blues continued to pressure the Royals over the remaining 30 minutes, and were rewarded in the 83rd. A hand ball in the box gave CapU a penalty shot, and while the kick was saved, Brooklynn Doucette was first to the rebounded and finished from close range to make it 3-3. Olstrom had a few more chances in the final minutes to complete the hat trick and the comeback, but the final whistle blew with the score still tied.
Capilano has now settled for a draw in each of their two games this season, and sits in an early tie for second in the PACWEST with two points. The Blues are back in action next Saturday when they host the Langara College Falcons for the first of four meetings this season; kick-off is at 1:00pm at Lillooet Park in North Vancouver.