Crichtons kick it up a notch for Cowichan’s VISL squads

The Crichton brothers did all the scoring for Cowichan’s senior men’s soccer teams last Friday, but only one got to enjoy the fruits of his efforts.

Connor Crichton scored for Cowichan FC in a 1-0 Div. 1 win over Gorge FC at Saanich’s Hampton Park. Nick Crichton found the back of the net for Cowichan United in their Div. 2 match at the Ladysmith turf on Saturday, but his undermanned team couldn’t hold on and had to settle for a 2-1 loss to Lakehill.

Connor’s goal against Gorge came in the second half of a game where Cowichan dominated play but had to battle for every scoring chance. He and Ben Robson entered the match in the second half, then teamed up to provide all of the team’s offence.

"It wasn’t that tough of a game," Cowichan FC head coach Glen Martin said. "We started great; we were all over them. They have a good goalie. We had lots of chances. We came out flying, but we couldn’t score."

Cowichan benefited from the shutout goaltending of Ivan Hutsulyak, who was summoned from the U21 Mid Island Highlanders.

"When you’re not scoring goals, every game is going to be a close one," the coach said. "We’ve got to learn to put our chances away; every game is going to be interesting otherwise."

Now in a battle for the top three places in Div. 1 with Saanich Fusion and Bays United, Cowichan FC will host Prospect Lake in their final league game at 7:15 p.m. this Saturday on the Ladysmith turf.

Nick Crichton’s early go-ahead goal wasn’t enough for Cowichan United, who gave up a pair to Lakehill, a team fighting to avoid relegation to Div. 3. Still safe at fourth among the 10 teams in Div. 2, Cowichan was missing six starters, and is trying to get healthy before the Jackson Cup tournament begins later this month.

Cowichan United will play its season finale against Westcastle on Feb. 22.