After a difficult start to the year a week earlier, the Cowichan Steelheads had a much better performance in their second game of the masters soccer season on Saturday.
The result was another defeat — a 6-0 loss at the hands of the juggernaut UVic Alumni — and the team is still looking for its first goal of the campaign, but there were a lot of things for the Steelheads to be proud of.
“We knew we had to play better than we did last week where we came out flat against an improved Gorge team,” Cowichan’s Curtis Flynn reported. “We managed to play better — it’s just unfortunate we ran into a very good UVic team. Our physical game was on point; we just committed fouls too close to our goal.”
Roger Charlie and Eric Nelson had strong outings, but Flynn said Cowichan’s best player on the day “by far” was rookie Brook Lisson.
“He battled hard all day and showed he can compete against any player,” Flynn said.
Goalkeeper Chris Muller, still on loan from the Cowichan 49ers, gave his teammate confidence both with acrobatic saves and his powerful voice. Offensively, Patrick Brown held the ball effectively and despite being the lone striker up front, he created a number of opportunities for the Steelheads to attack.
“We left the field with our heads held high this weekend,” Flynn said.
The Steelheads will take on their local rivals, the Cowichan 49ers, at the Sherman Road turf this Saturday at 6 p.m.