High-scoring United tries to keep up pace

Nanaimo United Div. 1 men's soccer team plays road game at Bays United FC on Saturday (Dec. 10).

Nanaimo United suddenly looks like the league’s hottest team.

The city’s Div. 1 men’s Vancouver Island Soccer League side counted a dominating 5-0 win over Sooke Celtic on Saturday at Merle Logan Field.

Jared Stephens scored two goals to lead United and Thomas Anderson, Scott Newlands and Braidy Morrow also found the back of the net.

“Fast, precise passing kept the majority of possession in Nanaimo’s favour, while the defensive efforts of the team’s back four, Paddy Greig, Graham Davidson, James Arbanas and Chris Merriman, stopped any Sooke attempt,” noted Scott Davison, the team’s coach, in a press release.

Mack Zirkl posted the shutout.

The week before, United had also won by a 5-0 score in a road game against Vic West.

Jordan Reems led Nanaimo with a pair of goals in that contest and Newlands, Andrew Adams and Anderson were the other scorers. Zirkl again had a shutout.

United (4-5-2) will face Bays United (7-2) on Saturday in Victoria. Nanaimo’s next home game isn’t until Jan. 15.