Cowichan keeper Darian Achurch allowed one goal but not on this shot from the Prospect Lake Lakers over the weekend. (Kelly Wallace photo)

Cowichan keeper Darian Achurch allowed one goal but not on this shot from the Prospect Lake Lakers over the weekend. (Kelly Wallace photo)

Achurch, Cowichan 49ers remain unbeaten though 9

Steelheads play to a 3-3 draw with UVic Alumni

The Cowichan 49ers visited the cold Prospect Lake Layritz turf on Saturday with their winning streak on the line.

It’s a good thing coach Kevin James keeps his players fit as the frosty short turf sped the game up considerably and it took a while for Cowichan to find their footing.

“We were chasing the ball often in the first half,” said team spokesperson Adam Taft. “Credit to Prospect Lake, they were ready, and we were not.”

The teams exchanged chances and superstar goalie Darian Achurch made a few key saves to keep the game level at 0-0 to end the first half.

At the half, Coach James made a few changes to the lineup to spark some energy and his moves made him look like a genius as the 49ers delivered just a few minutes into the second half.

Neall “ Rocket” Rowlings put his team on the board with his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Man of the Match, Brad “Archie” Archibald scored just three minutes later looping a well-placed strike over the Prospect keeper.

“Brad was a force all game,” Taft explained. “The rest of the team fed off his energy.”

Mike Minckler hammered home a third goal for Cowichan in the 67th minute, proving that the second half was all 49ers, though the Lakers did convert a free kick late in the game, which finished as a 3-1 victory for Cowichan.

The 49ers are at home next week to face Gorge at 6 p.m. at the Sherman Road turf.

In other Masters division action, the Cowichan Steelheads played to a 3-3 draw with the UVic Alumni team in a Nov. 12 night game at the Sherman Road Turf.

UVic scored first but Alan Kane evened it up early in the second half for Cowichan. After another two goals from UVic, Ryan Sampson put on a quick show, netting two quick goals at the 72 and 77-minute marks to give Cowichan the tie.

The Steelheads next play Nov. 19 at JDF Pacific.

Meanwhile, Div 1 Cowichan Axis FC fell in the McGavin Cup Final on Nov. 11 to Gorge FC by a 5-2 score.

Colin Knight and Blaze Roberts scored in the 39th and 52nd minutes respectively but it wasn’t a match for Gorge’s five markers.

Axis FC next plays Westcastle Lakers at Starlight Stadium on Nov. 19. Kickoff is 8 p.m.

In Div. 3 men’s soccer, Cowichan Oak FC fell to Sooke Celtic Football Club 3-1 on Nov. 11 in a game that featured more penalty cards than goals.

Matthew Owen scored the Oak’s lone goal on a penalty kick.

All told, seven yellow cards were awarded but just two to Cowichan, both of which resulted in red cards for Owen and Miles Boulton as a result of yellow card accumulations.

Up next for Oak FC is a visit from Vic West FC Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sherman Road turf.

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