Cowichan United earned their third win in a row, and earned a point for the fifth straight match, by beating Prospect Lake 3-1 in a U21 soccer game at Williams Turf on Sunday.
“We’re starting to put together a string of good performances in a row,” head coach Tyler Hughes said. “The boys are playing quite well. They’re adapting and grasping the systems we’ve been throwing at them. They’re buying in; everybody is on the same page.”
Prospect Lake had defeated Cowichan earlier in the season, so Hughes’s team was looking for some payback.
“I had a feeling our guys would be ready to play,” he said.
Prospect opened the scoring on a corner kick about 15 minutes in. Cowichan answered back soon after, and the teams went to halftime knotted at 1-1.
“We talked at the half about pushing to get the next goal,” Hughes said. “We figured the next goal would be a very important one.”
A strong start to the second half allowed Cowichan to score about 15 minutes in. Prospect managed to put together a phase of dominant play, but United weathered the storm and scored late in the match to make it 3-1.
Michael Fusick, Logan Kits and Tyson Black had the Cowichan goals, and Jeremy Stacey was named Game MVP.
With four wins and a tie over their last five games, Cowichan has improved to 5-2-2, and sits third in the seven-team league.
“We have a lot of confidence right now,” Hughes said. “Results build confidence. We haven’t focused on results, but winning games helps that. We’re reaping the rewards probably earlier than we expected.”
Cowichan will visit Bays United this Sunday for their last game before the winter break.
“All of the games so far haven’t been easy games,” Hughes said. “There are no pushovers. Any team can beat any team, which we have seen. We want to make sure we don’t have any lulls.”