Brent Mutis, Sports Information & Compliance Officer
LILLOOET PARK - A 0-0 draw with visiting Douglas College Saturday afternoon gave the Capilano University women's soccer team a second consecutive clean sheet and points now in three straight games.
The Blues owned the bulk of possession and chances, particularly in the second half against the second-place Royals, but couldn't find the go-ahead goal.
Catrina Olstrom appeared to have scored for Capilano in the dying moments of the game for but the play was ruled offside.
"I saw Ada (Babinski) have the ball and Ada's really smart with it so she gave it to Claire (Ye) and I knew Claire knew what to do with it so I think she just slipped it (over), it was a nice little deflect off the other team and I slipped it away but unfortunately the ref thought it was offside," said Olstrom. "It is what it is; I think everything happens for a reason so hopefully we'll just get a result tomorrow."
The play was the culmination of some sustained pressure by the Blues in the second half as they were able to get forward in their attack.
"I think we definitely went at goal and we were trying to get through them - we got through them - but it just missed just a little finesse at the end on the final finish so if we can just tidy that up, we would probably have got the lead," said Blues head coach Dennis Kindel.
Again using a 3-5-2 formation, the Blues kept the ball mainly in the Royals end of the park but needed a dramatic diving save from Darian Roussy when Douglas countered and had their best look of the second half.
"We gave up a little bit at the back but our players back there - Alanah (Dulong), Adina (Marx) and Julia (Peyton), handled it well and they're first year, first year and second year so it's a very young back line but they're doing their job which is nice to see for such young players."
The single point keeps Capilano solidly in third though they remain 10 points back of Dougals in the PACWEST standings. Having the run of the play against the Royals in the second half is a confidence booster for the Blues as they build towards the postseason says Olstrom.
"We were all over them, just unlucky," said the second year Business Administration student. "I think we can use this for tomorrow as fire and really give it our all tomorrow because these last couple games of the season are really important for us and to get into provincials we need to win a couple more."
After their pair of wins last weekend against Langara, the Blues are now 2-5-2 in PACWEST play. They will regroup and face the Royals again on Sunday in a Noon start at Coquitlam's Town Center Stadium.
- Darian Roussy made six saves in the win and hasn't conceded a goal against in her last 235 minutes played. This was her seventh career clean sheet.
- Capilano had four corner kicks in the second half and owned a 5-4 edge in that category for the game.