A 7-0 victory might sound impressive, but when it’s firstplace Cowichan LMG beating last-place Castaways in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 play, even that kind of output is routine.
"It was one of those games where you just go down, get three points and move on," Cowichan head coach Glen Martin said of last Saturday’s blowout win. "We played well. We scored the goals we thought we would. It was pretty uneventful."
All seven goals were scored by new additions to the stacked Cowichan roster as Cooper Barry potted a hat trick and Paddy Nelson and Craig Gorman had two apiece. Joel Wilson was credited with the shutout, although it was "one of the most boring games he had ever played," according to Martin.
Barry opened the scoring at 21 minutes and Gorman added his first at 38 minutes, and Cowichan took a 2-0 lead into the break.
"We were playing well, dominating play and possession," Martin recalled Barry completed his hat trick in the second half and Gorman scored his second goal, while Nelson also had two, including his league-leading 13th of the season.
The victory was Cowichan’s first since Nov. 7. In the month between wins, the team picked up two ties and had a game rescheduled due to snow. With 11 wins and two draws, LMG sits well in front of the rest of the pack, where Saanich Fusion, Vic West and Nanaimo are battling for second place.
Cowichan could clinch its firstever senior men’s league title with a win over Saanich this weekend and a loss by Vic West to Nanaimo.
This Friday, in their final match before the Christmas break, Cowichan will visit the Fusion, who were second in the league before they lost to Gorge last weekend and were passed by Vic West. Martin is wary as his team heads to Tyndall Park.
"Something unusual seems to happen there every time," he said, noting that his team has been caught by own-goals and last-second goals in the past. "We’ll see how this one goes. Maybe it will go in our favour this time."