Story by Jai Rakic, With Photos by Jai Rakic and Erich Eichhorn – ISN
Victoria, BC (ISN) – After a disappointing tail end of the season that saw United winless for nine consecutive games, the Victoria side broke their losing streak in front of their last home crowd of the season, outplaying the Okanagan Challenge in a 2-1 victory.
United’s Matt Northrup, does well to keep the ball in play despite Ernest Rosarios’s efforts to defend (Photo by Jai Raki – ISN)
From the kick-off it was obvious that this was going to be a fast paced game, despite the hottest conditions Victoria has seen this year. Both teams created several scoring opportunities early in the game, however the goalkeepers were up to the task and kept the game scoreless until the 35th minute.
#5 Cooper Barry is bodied off the header by Okanogan Challenge player – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
United’s Paddy Nelson opened up the scoring, chipping the ball over the Okanagan keepers head and into the back of the net with his left boot. The half-time whistle sounded with Victoria leading 1-0.
After the break the Okanagan Challenge looked determined to get back in the game and had several chances to level the score, all to no avail. The task at hand became even greater for the visiting side after their defender, Renan Rebellat, was ejected from the match, after receiving his second yellow card, in the 70th minute.
United player Doug Armstrong contests the Okanogan ball possession – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria took full advantage of their extra man and increased their lead to 2-0 in the 80th minute, when Nelson connected with substitute Dominic Colontonio who scored.
The Challenge scored from a late penalty kick, after one of their players was taken out in the box, but couldn’t find another goal before the end of the game. Victoria United beat Okanagan Challenge 2-1.
Vic United defense Robbie Heggelund clears the ball away from Okanogan player in Saturday action at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria United have three games remaining in the season, all away, but are out of contention for a playoff spot.