The last weekend of 2019 in the top flight on amateur soccer is complete, and it delivered with more surprising results.
Division 1 continues to be a division of parity – divided in two halves.
Here is how it all breaks down, with all the scorers – and there was a plenty.
-Friday started with Cowichan blanking Vic West by score of 5-0.
Scoring for Cowichan was Craig Gorman, Blaze Roberts, Steven Scott, and Kevan Brown with 2.
Sharing the shutout honors were Keepers Darian Achurch and Taylor Joe.
-Friday also saw a top contenders match as Bays Utd and Westcastle battled to a 2-2 draw.
Scoring for Westcastle was Kadin Martin-Pereux and Keenen Colley.
Scoring both goals for bays was Ian Whibley.
-Fridays last game of the night had Gorge slip past Juan de Fuca by score of 2-1.
Gorge goals were scored by Brennen McCleary and Zakaria Bougraine.
The loan marker for JDF was scored as a result of a Gorge own goal.
-Saturday saw Powell River come to town and they were rudely welcomed by Lakehill who blew them out 9-2.
Powell River goals were both scored by Jake Kenmuir.
Lakehill goals were had by Gareth Langdon, Evan Libke, Jon Shah with 3, and Blair Sturrock with 4.
-The final game on Saturday and of the weekend had Nanaimo defeating Mid Isle by score of 3-1.
Nanaimo had goals from Andres Algarin, and 2 from Caleb Nwameme.
The Mid Isle goal was scored as a result of a Nanaimo own goal.
After all the information was entered into the league vault, here is how the table looks.
The Lakehill win, along with the Bays/Westcastle draw, allows the Reds to extend their lead at the top of the table.
A very big draw there – especially as Westcastle has a match in hand vs Mid Isle.
The results of the weekend mean Gorge, Cowichan, and Bays will have a much tougher time in their quest for the division 1 championship – the Garrison Cup.
The Nanaimo win on the weekend has also made the bottom of the table a much more of a messy situation as there are 3 teams that are directly battling to stay away from the 9th spot – which would mean relegation.
Mid Isle still has a mathematical chance of getting out of relegation, but divine intervention would be required.
The result of the weekend – Lakehill moving that much closer to earning their first ever Division 1 Championship !
With all the goals scored on the weekend, here is how the goal scoring leader-board looks:
****As noted, Blaze Roberts also part of the leader-board with his 10 goals.
The Clean Sheet Chart had a little change as leader Darian Achurch sits alone now after his work on the weekend.
On a side note, his partner on the day; Taylor Joe, earned what might be his first shutout in 7 years as a Cowichan Keeper.
VISL Executive Director