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Blues women's soccer draws in season opener

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

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

A goal early in the second half helped the Capilano University Blues women’s soccer team erase an early 1-0 deficit against the Vancouver Island University Mariners, but despite continued pressure they couldn’t tally a go-ahead marker and settled for a 1-1 draw in their PACWEST season opener at home.

Both teams took time getting settled in their opening regular season contest, with the majority of the early play taking place in the centre of the pitch. The first real chance for either side came in the 24th minute when Justine McMahon was sprung on a partial break down the left wing, and she put the ball off the inside of the post and in to put VIU up 1-0.

CapU couldn’t develop many scoring chances until the second half when they came out of the break with added intensity. In the 50th minute, second-year forward Arin McIldoon won a tough challenge in the VIU half, and after the ball made its way back to her at the top of the 18-yard box, she converted with her left foot to tie the score at one.

The Blues continued to control most of the play over the remaining 30 minutes. McIldoon had another strong shot that went wide, and Capilano had a number of corner kicks but failed to convert. The Mariners had a few opportunities of their own, but goalkeeper Darian Roussy was steady in net – which included a tough challenge save to stop a partial breakaway.

Both sides earn a single point with the draw, putting them in an early tie for second place in the PACWEST. The Blues and Mariners will face-off three more times this season, with the next meeting on Saturday, September 29 in North Vancouver.

Capilano is back at home tomorrow when they face the Douglas College Royals at 12:00pm. The last time these two teams faced was in the PACWEST Championship final, which Douglas won in penalties to claim gold.