Not what most expected – VISL Game of the Week

The VISL Game Of The Week ended up being a 1 sided affair Friday night at Oak Bay High.

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VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC Cowichan #15 Brad Archibald preforms a perfect slide tackle on Bays FC player Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Not what most expected – the VISL Game Of The Week ended up being a 1 sided affair Friday night at Oak Bay High.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Cowichan's Patrick Nelson celebrates a beautiful header goal by his teammate Cooper Barry. Photo By Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Cowichan’s Patrick Nelson celebrates a beautiful header goal by his teammate Cooper Barry.
Photo By Jay Wallace ISN

Travelling down the Malahat – Cowichan came into Oak Bay and defeated Bays United 5-1 in Division 1 League Play.
With the loss, Bays drops out of 1st place. A Vic West win earlier in the evening vaulted the Island’s longest serving team into sole possession of 1st place. The Cowichan win allows them to keep pace with Bays. They are 3 points behind Bays, but have a game in hand.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Cowichans Steve Scott leads the rush Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Cowichans Steve Scott leads the rush
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

It was simple tonight – Cowichan was prepared and came out to play. Coach Martin explains that this was “the first time this season that he had the bulk of his team out” and “they played their best game of the year tonight.”

Cowichan scored early and often and virtually took Bays out of the game.
Patrick Nelson (reigning Division 1 MVP & Top goal scorer) got Cowichan on the board at 19 minutes.

VISL Cowichan FC Cowichan #10 Patrick Nelson draws a defender before breaking to the net for a goal Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Cowichan #10 Patrick Nelson draws a defender before breaking to the net for a goal
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Cooper Barry (Rookie of the Year Finalist of 2005-2006) added a goal at 35 minutes, then Nelson added his 2nd of the night at 38 minutes. Youngster Farley Cannon also found the net for Cowichan and they took a 4-0 lead into the break. Pretty sure it was the first time Bays Keeper Elliot Mitrou has given up 4 in a half.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Cowichan young star Farley Cannon battles with Mike Moon for possession. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Cowichan young star Farley Cannon battles with Mike Moon for possession.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

It looked as though the game took a turn for the worse at 44 minutes as Bays striker Kellen Holden accidently got his studs up on Keeper Scott Brown of Cowichan. Calmer heads and disciplined benches ensured there was no extracurricular activity – just the yellow card for #23.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC #23 Holden Kellen argues with the referee over a yellow card.  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
#23 Holden Kellen argues with the referee over a yellow card.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The 2nd Half did not get any better for Bays. Patrick Nelson got his 3rd goal of the game at 47 minutes. Several hats were thrown down at the fencing by the halfway line.
Jordan Wallace was finally able to snap the shutout that Scott Brown was working on – and that was how the game ended – a 5-1 victory for the Cowichan boys.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Patrick Nelson takes the ball to the net for a goal Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Patrick Nelson takes the ball to the net for a goal
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

I was able to take a tour of the new Oak Bay High gym that has multiple championship banners – amazing to say the least!
In post-game discussion with Coach Fast of Bays Utd – “it was a bad day to have our worst game of the year”!

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Bays United player argue after a goal against  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Bays United player argue after a goal against
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The 1550’s game MVP – was Patrick Nelson of Cowichan. His hat trick gives him 10 goals on the year – enough to be the present leading scorer. Patrick receives a gift certificate to have lunch or dinner at 1550’s.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Patrick Nelson Is all smiles after scoring his first goal of the game Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Patrick Nelson Is all smiles after scoring his first goal of the game
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Other notables for Cowichan were obviously Keeper Scott Brown who was called on early to make some big saves as well as Brad Archibald who played in his 1st game of the year. At some points of the game, you could hear the chants of Archie Archie from the stands.

VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC  Cowichan Keeper Scott Brown dives to make a save in the first half. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL Cowichan FC VS Bays United FC
Cowichan Keeper Scott Brown dives to make a save in the first half.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Both teams will have games next week. Cowichan will host Saanich Fusion and Bays will travel to Finlayson to play Vic West.

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