VIU earns berth to nationals

Vancouver Island University’s men’s soccer team finished second at the Pacific Western Athletic Association championships in Squamish.

The VIU Mariners didn’t win provincial gold, but they’ve still got a shot at a national championship.

Vancouver Island University’s men’s soccer team finished second at the Pacific Western Athletic Association championships in Squamish on the weekend, ending with a 3-0 loss on Sunday to the favoured Douglas Royals.

Since the Royals had already secured a host berth at Canadian Colleges’ Athletic Association nationals, the Mariners knew going into Sunday’s gold-medal match that they were bound for nationas.

“I think it was mixed emotions for some of the players coming off a high, knowing that they were going to nationals, and others were still competing very hard to win a provincial championship,” said Bill Merriman, VIU coach.

He said his team played well on Sunday, but far from its best game and he said players would be first to admit that.

VIU felt it played much better in Saturday’s semifinal match, which it won by a 4-0 score over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. The coach said his team showed good emotion leading up to start of the game and carried that onto the pitch.

“If we play like that against any of the other teams [at nationals], we’re going to compete very well and we have a good chance to even win nationals,” said Merriman.

Jordan de Graaf was man of the match in both games for VIU. Drissa Bouare, Stephen Ewashko, Blaze Roberts and de Graaf scored in Saturday’s win and goalkeeper Robbie Cochrane posted the shutout. Ben Leggett was a standout in Sunday’s match and Dan Cato was named the tournament’s top defender.

Even though the M’s are coming off a loss, they’re still in a favourable position, and they’re still playing.

“The players were obviously a little devastated after losing, but now they’ll see where we’re headed and what we have to do,” said the coach.

GAME ON … The national championships will be held starting Nov. 7 in Coquitlam.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Potters Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter present their joint exhibit ‘Dig It’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of June. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Potters show pieces for home and garden at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter’s show ‘Dig It’ on display until end of June

Construction work continues on the City of Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street. (News Bulletin file)
Next phase of borrowing approved as Nanaimo fire hall construction ongoing

City of Nanaimo CAO says construction on Fitzwilliam Street hall on schedule and budget

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Tenth Street near Southside Drive on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Driver OK after crashing vehicle off the side of Nanaimo’s Tenth Street

Crews say wet roads a factor a crash Sunday, June 13

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Harvesting hay in the Fraser Valley. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
COVID-19: B.C. waives farm income requirement for a second year

Property owners don’t need minimum income for 2022 taxes

A view of the outside of St. Andrews Roman Catholic Cathedral on Victoria’s Blanshard Street. (Don Denton/News staff)
Vancouver Island bishop apologizes for church’s role in residential schools

Bishop Gary Gordon of the Diocese of Victoria voices commitment to healing and reconciliation

Most Read