Comox Valley United's quest for the Pearkes Challenge Cup got off to a solid start as they blanked Saanich Crush 2-0 Feb. 3 in Victoria.
Along with their pursuit of top spot in Div. 3B of the Vancouver Island Soccer League, United is part of the Div. 3/4 cup competition in the men's soccer circuit. This past Sunday's game was part of the play-in round. The Pearkes winner will need to win six games in a row.
The first 10 minutes against SFFC was a battle for possession as both sides were trying to find their pace and touch. Then the game opened up as Comox Valley owned 90 per cent of the possession the rest of the way.
United's first goal was built from the back defensive line and moved quickly up the field by Tom Butcher who crossed the ball into the chaos of the 18-yard-box, where the ball was in the back of the net as an own goal.
Within minutes of the second half, Comox Valley put it away with a cross by Riley Murray that Adam Amlani converted.
"This pitch is good luck for me," said Amlani, who has scored in consecutive games at this location. Defence was consistent as United has allowed only nine goals during the regular season, the least by any team.
The team now moves on to the first round of cup play when they take on Juan de Fuca 4C this Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2:15 at Vanier.
Comox Valley is currently third in the 10-team Div. 3B with a 10-1-3 record. Juan de Fuca sits fourth in the seven-team Div. 4C with a 6-6-2 record.