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Undefeated in five, women hand VIU first loss

Undefeated in five, women hand VIU first loss

Brent Mutis, Sport Information & Compliance Officer

LILLOOET PARK - Sending their graduating senior players off in style, the Capilano Blues women's soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over visiting Vancouver Island University (VIU) in the final regular-season home game of 2019.

It was Claire Ye's goal in the first half that proved to be the winner. Ye's third goal of the season - which ties her with Adrianna Babinski for the team lead - was the result of a centering attempt that VIU goalie Melanie Osborne couldn't handle. The ball deflected over the keeper's head and across the line just before the Blues' Catrina Olstrom got a foot to it.

"That was just my desperate attempt to save the ball and get it in as a cross, make it dangerous for my teammates to score," said Ye. "It just happened that the goalie took a bad touch and didn’t get it clean and it was across the line."

From her vantage point after the crossing attempt, Ye knew it was her goal all the way.

"I was on the ground on the outside (past the endline) and I saw it go across the line and I celebrated on the ground," said Ye.

Capilano is now undefeated in five straight games and the team improved its record to 4-5-2. This is the first loss VIU has conceded on the year and their record now sits at 7-1-3.

Darian Roussy was again spotless in net making nine saves for her fourth consecutive shutout. After an 0-5-1 start to the year, the Blues are finding their game at the right time of the season.

"Honestly, I think we were just in a funk at the beginning of the year," said Ye. "We’ve had this talent all year, it just hasn’t come out. We started working as a team, we started working hard for each other. I think one day the mentality shifted and we were just confident going in… we go into tackles hard, we make passes like we’ve done our whole lives. It’s just confidence I think."

It was also a fitting finish in the final home game for graduating fifth-year players Natalie LeClerc, Brooklynn Doucette and Jaimi MacCara.

"It’s their last home game," said Ye. "I’ve played with some of them since I was 13. It’s like the end of an era.

"We work for the team but we work for them. This win, nationals, it’s all going to be for them."

Capilano finishes the regular season Sunday with a noon start at Langara College.

2019 graduating seniors Natalie LeClerc, Brooklyn Doucette and Jaimi MacCara

(Graduating 5th-year players (L to R) Natalie LeClerc, Brooklyn Doucette and Jaimi MacCara)