-submitted by Vince Greco
In the A Cup, we had 5 teams in the tournament heading into this past weekend.
Unfortunately, 4 of the 5 teams were paired off against each other.
There were some exciting games, but we ended up losing 3 of the 5 teams.
From the Mainland, Comox faced Pegasus. Pegasus is considered a favorite to win the tournament, Comox was in tough. A great experience for the squad – especially since it was their first entry. Comox lost 5-1 and their season is over.
From Duncan – in a repeat of the Jackson Cup Final, Cowichan LMG and Bays United faced off. In a spirited affair from David Williams Turf field in Duncan, Cowichan defeated Bays Utd 3-1.
Bays jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to keep Cowichan off the scoresheet.
Scoring for Cowichan was Cooper Barry, Keevan Webb, and Joshua Cuthbert. Scoring for Bays Utd was Jack Hill.
Cowichan move on to host Croatia FC from the VMSL; a strong opponent.
From Tyndall Turf in Gordon Head, Saanich Fusion hosted Nanaimo. Nanaimo jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Saanich Fusion fought back to force the game into Extra time. Saanich scored the first goal of Extra time, Nanaimo replied to force penalty shots.
In Penalty shots, Nanaimo was victorious and won the game 4-3.
Scoring for Saanich Fusion was Cardin Davis, & Andrew Celenza had 2.
Scoring for Nanaimo was Mateo Kostering, & Daragh Fitzgerald had 2.
Nanaimo will face powerhouse Pegasus of VMSL.
The rest of the draws – including the B Cup, the U21 Cup, and the Masters Cup can be found at:
The VISL does still have 1 team in the U21 tournament – the Mid Isle Mariners.
Also, the VISL has 2 teams left in the Masters tournament – UVic Alumni & Saanich Fusion Old School.
Venues and game time to be updated by BC Soccer – at the latest by Tuesday afternoon.