Story and Photos by Brent Dunlop
October 2, 2012, Nanaimo, BC (iSN) – VIU came out on top of a home and away series with Capilano Collage, winning at home Saturday 2-1 and tying Sunday in Vancouver 1-1.The 4 points keep the Mariners in first place and undefeated in their first 7 games.
Saturday it was Drissa Bouare opening the scoring for VIU, Bouare was able to get his head on the end of a Matt Mehrassa throw in and put the Mariners up by one. The first half was a back and forth game with the Mariners having chances but not able to find the back of the net. The score ended 1-0 at the half and the 2nd half was not much different with both teams having chances. The Mariners scored one more on a Stephen Ewashko penalty shot, giving both Ewashko and Bouare 4 goals on the year. Rob Giezen was a constant threat for Capilano Blues and was rewarded with a goal in the 2nd half for the Blues. The score ended 2-1 with midfielder Jordan Degraff and center midfielder Jamie Taylor both had strong games.
Sunday the Mariners traveled to Capilano to play a desperate team, because of the Blues situation in the standings they were looking to try and get a much needed three points. The game started well for the Mariners, playing much better than their Saturday game and Ben Leggett was able to score a great goal . Romaie Martin put in a hard cross from his outside midfield position and Leggett made a long run from the back to get his head on the end of the cross. Things looked good for the Mariners, they carried the play against skilled Blues team but then things changed 30 minutes into the 2nd half when one of the Mariners defenders was given a red card for an altercation with a Blues striker the altercation left the Mariners player on the ground injured. The Mariners were forced to play the remainder of the game with 10 men and almost held on for the win but it was late in the 2nd half that the Blues, Nate Blaiklock was able to get on past goal keeper Robbie Cochrane and give the Blues the tie. Romaie Martin, Matt Mehrassa and Ben Leggett all turned in good performances for the Mariners.
“I was very happy to see our team battle though the weekend and getting 4 points to keep us in 1st place,” noted Head Coach Bill Merriman. “We knew going in to the season that every weekend we would be up against strong opposition and for us to be over half way into the season and still be undefeated is not easy in the PacWest.”