Brent Mutis, Sports Information & Compliance Officer
Aynsley Hurtado scored a pair of goals, including the deciding marker in the second half, as the Capilano Blues women's soccer team earned their first win of the season by defeating the visiting Langara College Falcons 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Lillooet Park.
It was an action-packed first half of play with each team scoring twice. Catrina Olstrom opened the scoring for the Blues, finishing a loose ball in the Langara six-yard box. But the Falcons replied less than a minute later as Reiko Bohmert poked home the 1-1 goal.
Hurtado would score her first of two on the day in the 20th minute as she corralled the ball after a Blues corner kick and blasted a shot between a maze of bodies and just inside the post past a diving Olivia Austin.
Austin would leave the game shortly after that as the result of a collision with Olstrom. She was replaced by rookie keeper Samantha Seaborn and Langara responded after the switch with Megan Estrada equalizing in the 35th minute.
Hurtado had the only goal of the second half, the result of pressuring Seaborn who was attempting to clear the ball after a back pass from a Falcons fullback. Seaborn's clearance attempt rebounded directly off Hurtado's shin pads and bounced into the net to make it 3-2 Blues.
"She's one of the best ball-winners and keeps us in possession," said Blues head coach Dennis Kindel of Hurtado. "When Aynsley scores, that's an added bonus so we'll take it."
The Blues also took a decided edge in possession but couldn't shake the young Falcons side in the first half as the visitors proved opportunistic on both goals despite the bulk of play being directed by Capilano. The Blues opted to get players forward with their formation and accepted going into the match there may be some chances conceded.
"We just played a 3-5-2 so we were a bit more attacking minded so we knew we going to give up a little bit but once we got the third goal we knew we were going to pop an extra player back there and seal up the win and that's how it ended up so it kind of went to plan," said Kindel.
Scoring during the run of play (Olstrom's tally), off a set piece (Hurtado's first after a Blues corner) and by taking advantage of a mistake (Hurtado's winner), Capilano proved they have the ability to do damage in a variety of ways.
"We have a lot of different weapons in different places," noted Kindel. "Alanah (Dulong) and Julia (Peyton) on free kicks and upfront with Catrina (Olstrom) with her pace. We're getting goals from all angles and that's a full team effort."
The Blues are back in action Sunday at Noon as they travel to Langara to face the Falcons in the second game of the weekend set.
- Darian Roussy made four saves in posting her first win of the campaign. She now has eight victories in her Blues career
- Hurtado's goals were her first with Capilano. She appeared in 11 matches last season but did not record any points
- Natalie LeClerc played her 58th career game, the most of any active player on the Blues women's soccer team.