United, Steelheads add to Cowichan’s soccer success

Cowichan United earned a valuable win in Div. 2 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League, beating the Sooke Loggers 2-1. Head coach Ryan Flynn was pleased to get out of Sooke with three points.

"That is probably the hardest place to get a point out of, let alone a win," he said. "I would not be surprised if we are the only team to get a win on that field."

The first goal was scored by Cowichan captain Jose Muro on a free kick from Mike Minckler 25 minutes into the first half.

Sooke raised the pressure for the next 15 minutes, but Darian Achurch held them off. Cowichan’s hard work led to their second goal as Kevin Smith headed in a corner kick with five minutes left in the first half.

Sooke came on strong again in the second half, but Cowichan continued to hold them off. Jordan Korven had a couple of good chances, but couldn’t beat the Sooke keeper. Finally, with 10 minutes left to play, Sooke completed a cross to cancel Achurch’s hopes for a clean slate.

Holding down second place in Div. 2 after a strong start to the season, United will be at home to Nanaimo this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park.

"We are off to one of our best starts, but knowing that we don’t have any room to slip up we have to be ready," Flynn said.

Erik Fuller scored twice as the Cowichan Steelheads remained undefeated in the Masters B division with a 2-2 draw against Gorge FC.

The Steelheads looked to be in trouble as Gorge dominated the first 10 minutes, but Cowichan held off the attack.

"We held our shape well and played smart, and towards the middle of the first half we had defended their onslaught and managed to catch our breath and settle," coach George White said.

Fuller opened the scoring, but it didn’t take long for Gorge to even things up. Gorge went ahead in the second half, but Fuller’s second of the game tied the score again.

The Steelheads will be at home this Saturday, hosting the Fernwood Dragons at Rotary Park at 5 p.m.

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