Vince Greco, VISL
It was an entertaining weekend on the soccer front as division 1 league play had its fair share of drama. Add in the McGavin Cup final on Monday, there was no shortage of local soccer.
It was a great weekend to remember those that did so much for all of us – so we could live with the freedoms we currently enjoy.
All VISL games from Friday to Monday took time to reflect, and no doubt we are grateful for the ultimate sacrifice other made for our benefit.
Here is what happened in League play over the weekend.
At Braefoot on Friday night, Lakehill snapped their losing streak by putting in a good effort to beat Nanaimo United.
Lakehill goals were scored by Keegan Lang, Nicholas Pineda-Graham, and there was an Own Goal.
Nanaimo responded with goals by Matt Mehrassa and Daragh Fitzgerald.
There were late heroics at Oak Bay High. The story on Friday was of newly-signed former Jackson Cup MVP Chris Peereboom scored at 90′ minutes to give the struggling Bays team a much needed 3 points vs Vic West.
Ethan May earned the shutout for the Bays United team.
In the battle of the 9th and 10th place teams, Comox picked up their first point of the season as they drew with the travelling Fernwood team. Nick Marinus and Eugene Park had the makers for the home squad. Tallying for Fernwood was Nick Graham and Gordon Elliot.
In Ladysmith, Mid Isle extended their lead at the top of the division by defeating Gorge FC by score of 2-0. Colin Jacques and Dan Citra did the scoring for Mid Isle. Permitted U21 Keeper Cody McVie earned the shutout for Mid Isle.
Here are the up to date standings after week 12 games were played:
It was a pleasant surprise to the season seeing newly promoted Mid Isle lead the division.
While many things need to happen for that to take place, no doubt scoring by unsuspecting individuals has been huge.
Here is how the scoring race is looking after the past weekend:
The final game of the weekend took place Monday at Layritz turf. It was the McGavin Cup.
Originally started in 1933, it used to be a fundraiser for injured players.
As years moved on, it turned into an exhibition style tournament at the beginning of the season.
In the recent handful of years, it evolved into a league-wide open tournament that any team could enter. (Other than the top 4 of division 1).
This year, for the first time in history, a Div 3 team won the prestigious cup. It was an all Gorge Final.
Gorge Us-Guys of division 3 defeated Gorge FC of division 1 by the score of 1-0.
Steve Gately was named game MVP.
It was a beautiful day with good attendance.
Just another reason that we are all thankful.
Thank you for supporting grassroots soccer and the people in your community!