The Mid Isle Mariners feel like they can carry on their momentum in a year-round soccer season.
The Nanaimo-Ladysmith soccer team recently concluded its club season as the U21 side finished one match short of the provincial final.
The Mid Isle FC U21 men were defeated 2-1 by West Van FC on May 7 at Forrest Field in Ladysmith and were eliminated from the B.C. Soccer provincial cup playdowns.
Jimmy Steel scored the only goal for the home team.
“It wasn’t that they didn’t play well or anything; they played very well and it was just a strong team that we played and we played even with them, so I think everybody felt pretty good about that,” said Bill Merriman, Mariners coach.
Mid Isle’s Div. 3 men had lost out of provincial playdowns the previous weekend. The Mariners’ U21 and Div. 3 sides had both won Vancouver Island Soccer League championships last month.
“I think there’s really good momentum for us going into next year and PCSL now, as well,” the coach said. “With both teams finishing the way they did, we couldn’t have asked for a lot more.”
The Mid Isle Mariners will compete in the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s premier men’s division, which gets underway next week.
GAME ON … The Mariners begin the PCSL schedule on May 25 with a night game against the Victoria Highlanders at the University of Victoria. Mid-Isle’s first home game is June 4, when the team takes on the Port Moody Rangers at 2 p.m. at Merle Logan Field.