VISL Allstars Results

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  Vincent Greco

(ISN) – Both games went very well yesterday at Willoughby Park in the Fraser Valley.

Our Masters defeated the Fraser Valley Soccer League 1-0 on a goal in injury time by Jason Owen of UVic.
Shutout was shared by Kevin James of Gorge FC Backfit & Gary Smith of Nanaimo United.
Game MVP was center back Rob Veenhof of Gorge FC Backfit.
Game MVP for FVSL was Mark Jones who is actually a product of Victoria.

Here was the roster that made the day trip over and represented our League very well:

VISL Masters

Player
Team

Darcy Kulai
Gorge FC

Kevin James
Gorge FC

Ryan Fusick
Gorge FC

Robbie Veenhof
Gorge FC

Jeff Bartlett
Gorge FC

Chris Mcdonald
Gorge FC

Dave Tuckey
Nanaimo United

Gary Smith
Nanaimo United

Mike Pettigrew
Nanaimo United

Dave Ravenhill
Uvic

Nick Gilbert
Uvic

Dean Anderson
Uvic

Rob West
Uvic

Nando Dunic
Uvic

Jason Owen
Uvic

Jeevan Manhas
Gordon Head Old School

Chad Hoskins
Gordon Head Old School

Ryan Laughey
Gordon Head Old School

Coaches: Moreno Stefani & JJ Atterbury
Uvic & Gorge FC

Manager: Scott Longpre
Gorge FC

Game took a weird twist early when keeper Kevin James came out of the game after banging his head on the turf after 3 minutes of play. Our concussion protocol was followed and he came out for a checkup and was deemed ok after 15 minutes. In the meantime, Gary Smith came in and was instantly tested and had to deflect a shot off the bar to keep the game scoreless. The rest of the half was not the VISL’s best half of soccer but it was scoreless at halftime.
2nd Half came and the VISL was unlucky not to score several times. Shots from distance and in close somehow went wide or desperately saved. It looked like PK’s was coming. The 2nd half also had the VISL back 4 playing very solid……especially as the FVSL had gone to 3 in the back to try to get some extra offence happening. All defenders had a great game back there. Coaches decided to get some PK shooters back on the field with a couple minutes remaining as it appeared that it would remain scoreless. It seemed that the fellas wanted to keep pouring on the pressure, as they came close a couple times but had no luck. The FVSL had no option to keep fouling the VISL players as the pressure was relentless. After a series of 3 fouls in the FVSL end, a free kick from 19 yards out led to a scramble in the 6 which allowed Jason Owen the opportunity to shine and creatively put the ball in the net. The VISL was very happy, the FVSL not so much. The whistle blew shortly thereafter, and for the 2nd year in a row – the VISL was able to win the Championship in the dying moments of the game.
Celebrations ensued, trophy accepted, good times followed.

The 2nd game was the Open Men’s (top flight) and it ended up being a 3-2 victory for the FVSL in a game that had plenty of opportunity and was played at a very fast pace.
Paddy Nelson of Cowichan FC scored the VISL 2 goals and was named the game MVP.
Game MVP for FVSL was their keeper.
The VISL went down 1-0 on a great goal by the FVSL and it stayed 1-0 at the half. Both teams had moments of brilliance, fairly even half. The 2nd half was a completely different story. It was the VISL who was carrying the play and were rewarded with a PK after a player was viciously taken down in the box. There was no red card, but Paddy Nelson slotted the PK, then added another near the midway point of the half. The VISL kept pouring it on and were creating chances, but the FVSL keeper came up with several great saves to keep it 2-1 for the visitors. It what seemed to be a broken play via counter, the FVSL got what seemed to be their first shot of the 2nd half which was in the back of the net. Keeper Wilson had no chance, but the A/R did have his flag up on what appeared to be an offside. After discussion, the FVSL officials decided the goal should stand. Clearly the VISL was quite stunned by this, as 2 minutes later – another goal for the FVSL to give them the 3-2 edge. The remaining 10 minutes of the game was an onslaught by the VISL – no dice = FVSL winning the game and all VISL’ers scratching their heads as to what really happened.
The first ever Allstar games double championship was not to be had, but the clubhouse was open and there was plenty of discussion.

VISL Open

Player
Team

Paddy Nelson
Cowichan FC

Tyler Hughes
Cowichan FC

Jesse Winters
Cowichan FC

Joel Wilson
Cowichan FC

Leo Falzon
Saanich Fusion

Brian Taylor
Saanich Fusion

Andrew Celenza
Saanich Fusion

Chris Peereboom
Saanich Fusion

Ryan Andre
Nanaimo United

Tony Maestrello
Nanaimo United

Nathan Bird
Vic West FC

Reo Kotani
Vic West FC

Kyle Finner
Bays United

Andrew Ravenhill
Bays United

Kurt Macauley
Bays United

Rhyse Harden
Bays United

Coaches: Steph Steiner & Rich Fast
Saanich Fusion & Bays United

Great day overall. The Fraser Valley Soccer League and Vancouver Island Soccer League continue to make efforts to advance the level of amateur soccer in British Columbia. Special thanks to the FVSL President Dave Hleuka and Administrator Thomas Mills who share our vision and who continue to be formidable opponents.

We will do it again in January 2016, but it will be in Victoria !

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