Cowichan’s senior men’s soccer teams will be well-represented at the Vancouver Island Soccer League all-star festivities at Victoria’s Hampton Park this Saturday.
Five players from Division 1’s Cowichan FC were named to the VISL team that will play a similar team from the Fraser Valley circuit, and another four were selected from Cowichan United for the Div. 2 squad that will face the Div. 3 all-stars.
On the sidelines for the Div. 2 all-stars will be Cowichan United player/manager Neall Rowlings, assisted by Cowichan FC coach Glen Martin and Saanich Div. 2 coach Justin Smith.
"Because we won the league last year, I was asked to be the coach of the Div. 2 allstar team," Rowlings explained. "I brought in the first-place coach, Justin, from Saanich, and Glen for his past presence in this type of game."
Representing United are goalie Darian Achurch ("Without him, we wouldn’t have been as successful as we have been"); captain Jose Muro; Jordan Korven, who missed time with an injury but still leads the team with six goals; and Jacob Ready, one of the team’s younger players who has stepped up and played every position this season.
Cowichan FC has had Tyler Hughes, Jesse Winter, Brad Thorne, Steve Scott and goalie Joel Wilson selected as all-stars. All five are veterans of past all-star games.
"We’re well-represented," Martin said.
The VISL and FVSL top-division all-stars will meet at 2 p.m., followed by the Div. 2 and Div. 3 teams who square off at 4 p.m.