Story and Photos by Brent Dunlop
October 2, 2012, Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – The VIU Mariner’s Women’s soccer team came away with a 1-0 win and a 0-0 draw with Capilano Colleg in PACWEST soccer action last weekend.
Saturday, Sept 29
VIU 1, Capilano 0
VIU needing points to get back into the playoff picture came out determined and focused from the opening whistle. Controlling possession and attacking in numbers, it looked like Mariners had taken a lead in the 15th minute off a free kick from Samantha Rodgers which landed on the foot of Emily Nicholson, who calmly put it by Blues keeper, unfortunately another Mariners player Rachel Jones was in an offside position. VIU would continue to press with majority of the play in the Capilano half of the field but the Blues would hang on to keep it scoreless at halftime.
Mariners came out even stronger in the second half and created number of quality chances. Mariah Robinson, Jones, Nicholson, and Jessie Weninger were denied by the Blues goalie. The deadlock would be broken in the 74th minute when Robinson made a great run down the left side behind the defense and played a nice ball to an open Jones on the far post. Jones would make no mistake in slotting her third of the season. Shelby Walker would get her third shutout of the season, she made one spectacular save in the second half to keep it tied 0-0.
“Before the game we knew what was at stake and our players really responded with a solid 90 minutes,” said Head Coach Anup Kang. “It’s unfortunate Emily’s goal didn’t count but we didn’t let that effect our play and kept going after them. They had one really good chance and Shelby came up big, other than that we really didn’t give them anything, it’s a good win”
Sunday, Sept 30
VIU 0, Capilano 0
Playing the second game of the back to back against the Blues, VIU would again start strong, Mariah Robinson playing upfront for the injured Rachel Jones almost scored when she found Blues keeper out of her net, her chip shot sailed just wide of the far post, Rebecca Williams was sent in all alone on the keeper but her shot would hit keeper and stay out, Emily Nicholson had a good opportunity just at the top of the box but her shot sailed just wide. Samantha Rodgers header off a corner sailed just over the bar.
Mariners looking for the win and climb up the standings, were unlucky not to go ahead on two real quality chances in the second half. One was a scramble on Becky Weiss’s shot that fell to Jordan Tufnail at the goalline but a diving defender got in the way to keep the ball out. Tufnail again almost scored on a cross from Jillian Kelly, the ball sailed just over her head as she was looking at an open net. The final chance would fall to Emma Johansson in the 85th minute, her rocket was labelled for the top corner of the net but the Capilano keeper made a great diving save.
“Good effort by our squad” said Kang. “We missed Jonsey out there as she gives another dimension to our game but I thought Mariah did really well up there, we did a really good job defensively in both weekend game, Cap has one of the top players in the league who is dangerous every time she touches the ball and we limited her to no scoring chances on the weekend, we created a lot of quality chances and were just unlucky not to get one or two in the net, we have our final home games of the year next weekend against Langara and Quest, we’re looking forward to them as those are two of the teams we’re chasing for a playoff spot, both are well coached and will be difficult opponents for us”