Nanaimo United did what no other team had been able to do this fall, and earned a win against the league leaders.
United’s Div. 1 men (8-4-1) defeated Lakehill FC (12-1) by a 3-2 score in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 action Friday, Dec. 10, at Merle Logan Field.
The tie-breaking goal was scored in injury time of a game played in rain, sleet and wind.
“Our squad showed a lot of character and quality in horrendous conditions…” said Kevin Lindo, the team’s coach, in a press release. “I am extremely proud of the team – they played some excellent football and drove each other on to secure the game winner in the 90th minute.”
Nanaimo’s Daragh Fitzgerald scored the game’s first goal on a first-half penalty kick, then the visitors took the lead early in the second half before United’s Taylor Arbour tied things up in the 82nd minute. Colin Jacques scored the game-winning goal and was chosen man of the match.
GAME ON … Second-place United has one more game before the winter break, facing fourth-place Victoria Highlanders FC on the road on Saturday, Dec. 18.