Niners remain unbeaten in Masters A

The Cowichan 49ers remain undefeated in the Vancouver Island Soccer League Masters A division.

The Cowichan 49ers remain undefeated in the Vancouver Island Soccer League Masters A division after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with defending Tony Grover Memorial Cup champions Saanich Old School.

After a scoreless first half, Masters A scoring leader George Thomas got Cowichan on the board in the 50th minute of play when he converted a penalty kick after Old School was called for a hand ball inside their own 18.

Saanich poured on the pressure after that, and were denied by Cowichan keeper and game MVP Rob McIntyre on their own penalty shot attempt. It wasn’t until the 85th minute that Old School finally scored the tying goal.

With three wins and a tie on the season, the 49ers remain a point back of Old School, but Cowichan has a game in hand. The team will play Saanich Internationals this Saturday.

In the Masters C division, the Cowichan Steelheads eked out a 1-0 win over CB Bobcats Alumni thanks to a goal by Paul Mycroft and a game MVP performance by Bill Keserich. The Steelheads are 4-1 and second in their division. They host Bays United this Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Sherman Road turf.

In Div. 3A, Cowichan Red Arrow lost 3-0 to Juan de Fuca to fall to 1-5 on the season, despite Jeff Lederer’s MVP outing. Red Arrow will visit Castaways this Sunday.

In Div. 2, Cowichan United’s game against Fred Milne Park Rangers was cancelled, keeping their record at 3-0, still the best in the division, United will host Westcastle United at Sherman Road on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

In the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association, the Over 30A Cowichan Cougars tied Castaways 1-1 last weekend and will host Prospect Lake at Evans Park this Sunday at 10 a.m. In Div. 2, the shorthanded Cowichan Outlaws lost 1-0 on the road against Prospect Lake and will visit Castaways this Sunday. Outlaws keeper Kaitlynne Lewis kept the team in the game last weekend, but couldn’t make up for the lack of healthy players.

“We made a defensive mistake in the first half and Prospect scored,” Outlaws coach Jules Nagy reported. “As the game went on, we got better at holding our shape and had chances, but you can’t score when you hand the ball to the keeper every time you shoot.”