ISN VISL Game of the Week – UVic Alumni Defeats Cowichan

ISN's VISL Game of the Week between The UVIC Alumni Masters and The Cowichan 49ers captured by ISN Photographer Jay Wallace.

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VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016

A nervous tension before kickoff as undefeated Cowichan 49ers traveled down island to face UVic Alumni for the first time this year.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The game did not disappoint as there was some excellent scoring opportunities, strong tackles, end to end play, great saves – and a little animosity = a 1-0 win for UVic Alumni.
UVic looked came out strong, generated a couple chances – Cowichan answered with some chances of their own.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Keeper Mike Hoffman of UVic was called upon to make several good saves in the first half. He also had his friend the goal post to thank as it kept out a shot from Chadwick Bastion who looked to open the scoring for Cowichan at 16′. Instead, at 23′ – after a corner kick for UVic, a ball that was just out of Rob McIntyre’s reach – Sean Battistoni scores via header for UVic. Cowichan attempted to tie the game up in the 1st half, but were unable and halftime came with a 1-0 lead for UVic.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. UVIC's Sean Battistoni celebrates after scoring the only goal of the match. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
UVIC’s Sean Battistoni celebrates after scoring the only goal of the match.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

2nd half started and both teams had a couple average chances, but it was clear that Cowichan was starting to carry the play more. UVic defended well, and had a couple counter attacks, but it just appeared a matter of time before Cowichan was going to tie it up.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. Cowichan #5 Chadwick Bastion. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
Cowichan #5 Chadwick Bastion.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

At the 70 minute mark, Cowichan dropped a defender and played 3 in the back. This seemed to generate more control and chances on goal for Cowichan. Nick Zuback looked to tie the game as he had a nice header labelled for the corner of the UVic net – but Keeper Mike Hoffman made a great save to keep UVic in the lead.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. Cowichan's Nick Zuback takes off with a burst of speed. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
Cowichan’s Nick Zuback takes off with a burst of speed.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Cowichan was continuing to pressure, had several corner kicks – but probably had their best chance of equalizing at 95 minutes when Thomas George; midfielder for Cowichan. Stepped up to take a free kick from 25 yards out. Again, a thunderous bang off the post and the ball was cleared.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. Cowichan #8 Thomas George takes a free kick late in the second half. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
Cowichan #8 Thomas George takes a free kick late in the second half.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

It now appears as if Cowichan was not going to be able to purchase a goal. The remaining 5 minutes seemed to take forever – multiple substitutions, cramps, injuries, the only thing missing was a tv timeout. After several minutes Utes of deserved added time by referee Nathan Bird, the final whistle went and UVic snapped the Cowichan 49ers unbeaten streak with the 1-0 victory in VISL Masters A league play.

VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016. Cowichan Celebrates. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
VISL UVIC VS Cowichan NOV 26 2016.
UVIC Celebrates.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

These 2 teams will definitely be representing the VISL in BC Soccer Provincial Cup play.

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