VIU women kick start offence

Vancouver Island University's women's soccer team holds its home opener Saturday (Sept. 17) against the Douglas Royals at 1 p.m.

The first half of the first game of the season was a little frustrating for coach Anup Kang and the VIU women’s soccer team.

But then Emma Johansson tied up the game at Capilano, 1-1, and the M’s went on to win 3-1.

“That first goal just started us off,” said Caity Genereaux, VIU veteran. “Anup would like to say it started when he kicked the tent post.”

The goals not only eased frustration, but also answered questions about the team’s offensive capabilities. Without a proven “superstar” scorer, Kang said, the women have to put team play first.

“Attack more as a team and when the counter-attack is there, take advantage of that,” he said.

Three goals in Week 1 is a positive sign, Genereaux said.

“I think so. It wasn’t just a 1-0 win, we actually sealed the deal at the end.”

GAME ON … The VIU women play the Douglas Royals on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mariner Field, then host the Kwantlen Eagles on Sunday at noon. A season preview on the Mariners women’s soccer team was published last week and can be accessed here … To read the Bulletin’s latest article on VIU’s men’s soccer team, please click here.