Brent Mutis, Sport Information & Compliance Officer
BURNABY LAKE SPORTS COMPLEX - Julia Peyton sent the Capilano Blues women's soccer team into the PACWEST final thanks to a calm-as-you-please penalty kick winner to secure a 2-1 win over No. 2-seed Douglas College Friday afternoon.
The rookie fullback stepped up to the spot at the conclusion of an extremely windy afternoon of soccer and blasted the decisive goal past diving Douglas keeper Tess Venables.
Douglas got on the board first courtesy of a Taylor Wettig tally in the 15th minute. It appeared as though that might be enough to get the Royals into the final until veteran Blues midfielder Brooklynn Doucette drew level in minute 65 with an arching left-footed blast that got over Venables' head and found the back of the net.
Extra time consisted of two 15-minute periods but nothing was settled there which set the stage for penalties.
The first two attempts for each side resulted in goals. The first save made was by Capilano's Darian Roussy with a diving effort to her left on a shot by Wettig. Doucette was next but pushed her effort wide of the goal. The door remained open however as Douglas' Martina Pettenon drove her shot high and wide which brought Peyton to centre stage and she made no mistake.
The winner sent the Blues reserves charging onto the field in celebration but head coach Dennis Kindel knows there is much work yet to be done with Vancouver Island University waiting in the final and a spot in the national championship tournament on the line.
"I think we've just got to carry over our energy," said Kindel. "We have to come out flying and try to get that first goal and throw everything we can at them. The first 30 (minutes) is huge... we might be the more tired team, they're the top-place team, we're the underdogs. They had a day to rest and the first 30 is gonna be huge and we know that and that's what we're going to prepare for."
With 120-plus minutes of soccer played today, Kindel recognizes the team will need the whole roster to chip in on Saturday.
"For sure, we'll go to the well a little bit," said the fifth-year head coach. "Everyone is contributing in this group and they're all on the same page and they're all ready. All the players that went into the game today at half contributed and it changed the game so we're looking for the same thing tomorrow from everyone."
Kickoff in Saturday's final will be at 2:30 p.m. again at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.