Cowichan LMG head coach Ryan Flynn knew his team needed to do two things to beat Bays United in their Div. 1 men’s soccer game at the Sherman Road pitch last Friday night.
One was to shut down Bays’ Paddy Nelson, who was tied for the Vancouver Island Soccer League scoring lead going into the weekend. The other was to score more goals than the other guys.
Half the work was taken care of when Nelson, a former Cowichan star, had to miss the game due to a coaching commitment. Unfortunately, Cowichan couldn’t do the other half of the job, and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Cowichan generated a couple of solid scoring chances late in the match, but they didn’t pan out.
“That was not the way it was supposed to come out,” Flynn said. “It was not ideal. [Bays] were really happy when the game was over and it was 0-0.”
The Cowichan players just weren’t committed to the game the way Flynn would have liked.
“They were playing at 75 per cent pretty much the whole game,” he said. “The intensity was a little low; we were doing everything a bit lower than expectations.”
Ray Fox earned his second shutout in the Cowichan net. Veteran right back Jose Muro had a strong outing for LMG, but was injured late in the match and is questionable for the team’s next game.
Still second in Div. 1 behind unbeaten Lakehill, Cowichan will visit Vic West at Finlayson Park this Saturday. With Fox away, newly signed goalkeeper Robbie Cochrane will make his debut.
In Div. 3, Cowichan Oak FC played to a 6-3 win over Castaways at Finlayson last Saturday. Stevan Zoric opened the scoring in the 10th minute after being sent in one-on-one against the Nanaimo keeper. Alex Smith and Connor Crichton scored in the 13th and 15th minutes, respectively, before Brandon Tolfo scored his first of the night in the 19th minute. Castaways rallied to score two of their own and the first half ended with Cowichan up 4-2.
The second half saw Tolfo notch his second from the penalty spot early in the second half after a Castaways handball. He then completed his hat trick in the 68th minute after Castaways had scored their third.
Next up for The Oak are the Prospect Lake Lakers this Saturday at Layritz turf. Prospect won the previous meeting between the teams 3-1. Cowichan’s Smith and Prospect’s Jordie Hughes are neck-and-neck in the Div. 3B goal-scoring race with nine goals apiece.
In Div. 4, the Cowichan Fury played to a 3-2 loss against Prospect Lake at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday evening. Shermag Joseph scored both Cowichan goals, bookending Prospect’s three. The Fury visit Bays United at Oak Bay High School this Sunday.