United shuts out Prospect Lake Orange, Steelheads take first loss

Nelson Devana, Levi Delahunt and Josh Gray scored the first goals of their Div. 2 men’s soccer careers and Darian Achurch recorded his first shutout of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season as Cowichan United won 4-0 over Prospect Lake Orange in Victoria last Saturday.

“With only two subs, we really dominated the game,” said head coach Ryan Flynn, whose team also got a goal from veteran Nick Crichton.

Also performing well for Cowichan United were Jacob Ready on the back line and Robbie Martin at centre midfield.

With his team sitting third in Div. 2, just one spot out of second place, Flynn is hoping to take advantage of a stretch where United will play three of four games at home.

“I am hoping that we can please get a good number of fans out this Saturday at Rotary at 7 p.m..” he said. “I promise it will be a really good game to watch, and the players really enjoy the support from the fans.”

Admitting that his team “lost big-time,” in their Masters B game against Bays United last Saturday, Cowichan Steelheads coach George White found multiple ways to break the match down.

“They played better than us, they were faster and wanted it more,” he said. “We had poor management, were mentally unprepared, overconfident and disorganized.”

White also noted that his team had more than half a dozen players playing hurt, including a goalie with separated ribs, and had another key player get injured during the game. They were also missing leading scorer Erik Fuller.

At the same time, there were positives to the game.

“It was actually really fun and we did some things well sometimes,” he said. “Good spirit and energy and camaraderie and fairly friendly and sportsmanlike with the other team. Everybody got lots of play time and it was exciting and dramatic and all the things we love about soccer minus the winning. It was playing soccer and we love the game and losing is part of that game we love.”

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