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United gouged by Gorge

Nanaimo United player Davis Stupich, front, tries to get past a Gorge FC opponent during Saturday night’s Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 match at Merle Logan Field. The visitors prevailed 3-2. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo United player Davis Stupich, front, tries to get past a Gorge FC opponent during Saturday night’s Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 match at Merle Logan Field. The visitors prevailed 3-2.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo United wasn’t at full strength, and fell one goal short on its home turf.

The city’s Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 team (8-5-1) was defeated 3-2 by Gorge FC (3-10-1) on Saturday night at Merle Logan Field.

United, missing a handful of players, knew it would be tested, and it was. Gorge jumped out to a 2-0 lead before United was able to make it 2-1 before halftime on an own goal by the visitors.

Nanaimo came out and carried the play in the second half and got the tying goal on a long shot from Atsuto Matsumoto. United continued to press for the go-ahead goal and although Gorge was playing a defensive formation to try to hold onto the tie, it benefited from a bounce and sprung its striker for a breakway goal at about the 80th minute. United forced a couple of late corner kicks but couldn’t convert.

SOCCER TALK … United doesn’t play again until Jan. 19, when it hosts Castaways (3-9-2).

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