United gouged by Gorge

NANAIMO – The city's Div. 1 VISL team (8-5-1) was defeated 3-2 by Gorge FC (3-10-1) on Saturday night at Merle Logan Field.

Nanaimo United player Davis Stupich

Nanaimo United player Davis Stupich

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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