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VIU Mariners win soccer game played in thunderstorm

M’s women’s team shut out the Douglas Royals 1-0 on Sunday
VIU Mariners player Harroop Malli gets away from a Douglas Royals opponent during Sunday’s PacWest game at NDSS Community Field. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The VIU Mariners were able to win a soccer game under stormy skies on the weekend.

Vancouver Island University’s soccer program earned its first win of the PacWest season on Sunday as the Mariners women beat the Douglas Royals by a 1-0 score at NDSS Community Field, playing through a thunderstorm in the second half.

VIU’s women lost to Douglas 3-2 the day before, while VIU’s men lost 4-2 on Saturday and tied 3-3 on Sunday.

Kevin Lindo, coach of the Mariners women, said it was “massive” for his team to take a win it felt like it needed on Sunday.

“Very, very pleased with the girls today and not just today, over the weekend, because I felt yesterday we deserved something from the game, it wasn’t to be,” he said. “We responded excellently today, we worked hard and we met them physically, as well.”

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Maddy Dawson scored the only goal of the game early in the second half on a rocket shot and goalkeeper Melanie Osborne earned the shutout.

The day before, it was Dawson and Malorie Hanson scoring for VIU.

In men’s action, Ryan McCurdy and Max Mohen scored in Saturday’s setback and Joel Harry, Taylor Arbour and Cole Sencher scored in Sunday’s tie.

GAME ON … VIU’s soccer teams are home again this coming Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, for matches against the Langara Falcons. The women’s match is at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, with the men at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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