VIU Mariners player Kim Watson

VIU Mariners player Kim Watson

VIU soccer on upswing

Nanaimo's Vancouver Island University Mariners won their matches Saturday over the Capilano Blues, then tied the rematches the next day.

Vancouver Island University’s soccer teams both earned points all weekend.

The Mariners won their matches Saturday over the Capilano Blues, then tied the rematches the next day.

The VIU men won 2-1 on Saturday at Mariner Field, with Drissa Bouare and Stephen Ewashko scoring for the double blue. The next day it was Ben Leggett scoring for the M’s in the tie in North Vancouver.

The women, meanwhile, were 1-0 winners on Saturday thanks to Emily Nicholson’s goal and Shelby Walker’s shutout.

“Before the game we knew what was at stake and our players really responded with a solid 90 minutes,” said Anup Kang, VIU coach, in a press release.

Sunday’s game in North Van ended 0-0.

“We created a lot of quality chances and were just unlucky not to get one or two in the net,” Kang said.

GAME ON … This coming weekend the Mariners play their final home games of 2012, hosting the Langara Falcons on Saturday at Mariner Field and the Quest Kermodes the next day. Saturday’s women’s game is at 1 p.m. with the men to follow at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s start times are noon and 2 p.m.