Shown here in a home game earlier this season, Craig Gorman scored Cowichan LMG’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Bays United last weekend. (Citizen file)

Goalkeepers duel ends in a draw for Cowichan and Bays

It was cold on the pitch last Friday as Cowichan LMG battled Bays United in Oak Bay, but a pair of hot goalkeepers ended up making all the difference.

Both teams, who are battling for third place in the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s top division, created quality scoring opportunities, but the goalies made the difference in what ended up being a 1-1 draw.

Bays created many of their opportunities in the early going, but Cowichan’s Darian Achurch was up to the challenge, and his team managed to open the scoring on a diving header by Craig [Scoreman] Gorman in the 23rd minute.

“Obviously getting the first goal in any match at this level is crucial,” Cowichan head coach Glen Martin remarked. “We have scored the opening goal in 14 of our 16 games this season, but our difficulty has come in keeping that lead.”

That trend held up on Friday as former Cowichan star Paddy Nelson tied things with a header that deflected in off the back of a Cowichan defender, just seven minutes after Gorman’s goal. Cowichan took control again after halftime, but Bays’ keeper continued to stymie the visitors.

“It was frustrating for sure,” Cowichan forward Blaze Roberts said. “Our depth is superior to Bays, so when both teams make changes we could dominate the game. We just couldn’t seem to put the ball away.”

Cowichan did manage to get the ball into the net on two occasions, but both goals were called back due to apparent offsides. A couple of possible hand-ball infractions by Bays inside their own penalty box went unnoticed by the officials.

LMG trails Bays by a single point in the standings, but Cowichan has two league games remaining while Bays has one. A third-place finish in the league standings would secure a provincial berth for Cowichan, who lost in last year’s provincial tournament to the eventual national champions.

League play will take a back seat this week as Cowichan kicks off the Jackson Cup tournament with a play-in game against Juan de Fuca at the Sherman Road turf on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

soccer

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

Just Posted

Documentary on legendary Chief Tzouhalem to be filmed in Cowichan

Film is the latest project by Drama Camp Productions

West Shore RCMP arrests five suspects in multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking investigation

Cocaine, prohibited loaded handgun, weapons, stolen vehicles seized

Bottle drive Saturday to assist sick Cowichan teenager and family

Sammy Dubois, 14, disgnosed with rare neurological disorder

Editorial: Alternative approval process is not the enemy

Not everything should go to a referendum.

Provincial success stands out at Cowichan Secondary awards

Wrestling, basketball and field hockey teams earn recognition in shortened year

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

RCMP disarm man experiencing mental health crisis

The male pulled a knife on officers and then held it to his own throat expressing a desire to die

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Most Read