A character win for Comox Valley United in VISL Div. 1

Comox Valley United took a rough start and turned it into a smooth finish as they defeated Westcastle United 4-3 in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 action, Nov. 28 in Victoria.

(It was) a funny one,” said Comox Valley United men’s soccer rep Rob Caya. “About five minutes in we opened the scoring on ourselves on a miscommunication play. Twenty minutes later Westcastle doubled their lead and take a 2-0 lead at halftime,” Caya said.

“We were unable to settle down how we normally can and finish our chances in the first half.  After a little change room talk at halftime we started the second half by controlling the play well and putting some passes together.

“It didn’t take long for us to get on the board. Grayson Chalifoux finished off a rebound to give us our spark. Then Tom Butcher (Comox Valley MVP) struck a hard, low shot from outside the 18 that caught a deflection and into the net to tie it up,” Caya recounted.

“Our third goal came from a corner kick from Nick Marinus who found Graeme McNeill on the far side of the net where he took it down and finished clinically bar down to give us the lead.

“Westcastle tied it up at 3-3 in about the 80th minute. At the 88th minute Tom Butcher crossed a ball into the crease where Kyle Bate found it and slotted home his fifth of the year.”

The win moved United in a tie for second place with Saanich Fusion. Both teams sport 7-3-2 records, with the local side having the edge in goal differential.

Next up for United is VI Wave on Dec. 5 in Victoria. The teams drew 1-1 in their first meeting in Courtenay in October.

 

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