Shown here in a home match earlier this season, Joel Harry had an outstanding game as Cowichan beat Bays 2-0 in Oak Bay last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Shown here in a home match earlier this season, Joel Harry had an outstanding game as Cowichan beat Bays 2-0 in Oak Bay last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan LMG holds off Bays United

Div. 1 soccer team gets second win of the season over old friends

Cowichan LMG weathered the storm in the early going of their Vancouver Island Soccer League match against Bays United on Friday night, and came home with a 2-0 win.

“We were very, very fortunate not to be down early,” Cowichan head coach Glen Martin said. “We were lucky they didn’t get one or two in the first 10 minutes.

“They came at us hard. We didn’t start properly. We have to address that issue in the new year.”

Former LMG stars Paddy Nelson and Cooper Barry joined Bays in the offseason, along with Craig Gorman, who has since transferred back to Cowichan. Nelson is once again leading the top division in scoring, and nearly added to his totals as his former team let him wander the pitch freely in the early going on Friday. Fortunately for Cowichan, Nelson sent one shot wide, and the other was a dribbler that hit the post and rolled out.

“To go down to a team like that 2-0 early would not have been good. It makes it a lot more difficult against a team that’s coming at you.”

Cowichan got their act together soon after that.

“We started playing better after about 20 minutes,” Martin said.

In the 27th minute, Gorman took the ball into the box and fed it to Colin Knight, who sent it into the net to put Cowichan up 1-0. That lead lasted into halftime.

“That’s soccer,” Martin said. “If you don’t take your chances, it comes back to haunt you, that’s what happened to them.”

The second half was fairly even as Cowichan goalkeeper Darian Achurch and his Bays counterpart took turns making highlight-reel stops.

“Both goalies made a lot of good saves,” Martin said. “It felt like it should have been a 5-5 game if not for the goalies.”

Kevan Brown scored Cowichan’s second goal late in the second half, and the team held on after that.

“We played quite well in the second half,” Martin said. “We probably had more chances than they did.”

This was Gorman’s fourth game back for Cowichan, and his first without a goal, although he assisted on Knight’s eventual game-winner, and also set up a play for Stevan Zorich that would have made it 2-0 late in the first half. Knight also played well apart from scoring his goal.

Joel Harry was another standout for Cowichan at left back.

“He stood out more than usual,” Martin said. “He played to his potential. He stepped it up for sure.”

Veteran Steve Scott appeared motivated by a chance to play against some of his good friends on Bays, like Nelson, Barry and Craig Robertson.

“It was like he was possessed or something,” Martin said. “He knows a lot of those guys. He had a big game in the midfield.”

The loss basically eliminated Bays from winning the league, ending Nelson and Barry’s seven-year string of league championships, including three with Saanich Fusion and four with Cowichan. Gorman could still win his eighth consecutive league title, but that’s far from a sure thing.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before we can win the league,” Martin said. “We need a better mental attitude. We need to prepare better. You’ve got to dictate the pace, set the tempo and score first in this league.”

Cowichan LMG has 24 points on seven wins, one loss and three draws, four back of first-place Lakehill and two back of second-place Mid Isle Mariners. Cowichan does have two games in hand on both teams, but Martin is always cautious about games-in-hand.

“They don’t mean anything until you play them,” he said.

Cowichan will be off until Jan. 19, when they play host to Mid Isle.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Possible COVID-19 exposures were reported at Maple Bay Elementary between April 12 and 15. (Google Maps screenshot)
Possible COVID-19 exposure reported at Maple Bay Elementary

Exposures may have occurred between April 12 and 15

”It was an angry welcome for Cowichan-Ladysmith MLA Jan Pullinger when she arrived in Lake Cowichan Monday to open her constituency office. She was greeted with some of her long time supporters calling her a ‘liar’. Left to right, Jan Pullinger, Director of Area I, Lois Gage, school trustee Rolli Gunderson, school trustee Pat Weaver, Save our School Committee Chairperson, Tara Daly.” (Lake News/April 17,1996)
Flashback: Garbage, geography and tragedy

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: Parking permits for people with disabilities

These permits are issued to the person, not the vehicle owner or driver.

Dr. Bernhardt’s freshly planted strawberries. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Hoping for a bumper crop of strawberries

Because our new plot gets a lot of sun, maybe strawberries won’t become consumed by wood bugs

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. The stage is set for arguably the most important federal budget in recent memory, as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery even as a third wave of COVID-19 rages across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Election reticence expected to temper political battle over federal budget

Opposition parties have laid out their own demands in the weeks leading up to the budget

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to open up COVID vaccine registration to all B.C. residents 18+ in April

Registration does not equate to being able to book an appointment

Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Rules against RV living hard on Island residents caught in housing crunch

Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw forcing pensioner to move RV he calls home off private farm land

(Black Press file photo).
UPDATED: Multiple stabbings at Vancouver Island bush party

Three youths hospitalized after an assault in Comox

Selina Robinson is shown in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday November 17, 2017. British Columbia’s finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government’s first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. finance minister to table historic pandemic-challenged deficit budget

Budget aims to take care of people during pandemic while preparing for post-COVID-19 recovery, Robinson said

Each spring, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale is held in Penticton. This year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will not be held. However, beer is still available. How much do you know about this beverage? (pxfuel.com)
QUIZ: How much do you really know about beer?

Put your knowledge to the test with this short quiz

Most Read