CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
Despite a strong second half performance, the Capilano University Blues women’s soccer team couldn’t overcome an early three-goal deficit and fell 3-1 to the Vancouver Island University Mariners on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver.
The Mariners controlled the majority of the first half, and built up an early lead on a pair of goals from Chloe Gummer that came within a minute of each other. The lead soon became three on a tally from Justine McMahon in the 23rd minute.
CapU played with an added sense of urgency out of halftime, with a number of substitutes helping spark the offence. Four minutes into the second half, the Blues developed a 2-on-1 rush and Catrina Olstrom led Brooklynn Doucette to the net, who finished with her second goal of the season to cut the deficit to two.
The Blues had variety of scoring chances throughout the remainder of the half, but Mariners keeper Cassidy Chamberlin stood tall in net and made a couple diving stops to prevent any chance of a comeback.
Nikki Gerbrandt made her first start of the season in net for Capilano, and made nine saves to help keep the Blues within striking distance.
Capilano falls to 1-3-2 on the season, and remains in fourth place in the PACWEST with five points. They’ll play their final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon against Langara College, who is in first place after a win over Douglas on Saturday. Kick-off is at 12:00pm at Lillooet Park in North Vancouver.