Comox Valley United turned in a dominating performance Sunday to defeat Vic West Wolves 2-1 in Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 2 action at Valley View.
The local men’s side owned the first half, coming close on a free kick that went inches wide of the left post, then drawing gasps from the sideline when Gokhan Avcil’s low drive slammed off the right post and skittered across the goal line but not over it.
Vic West went up 1-0 early in the second half, and United responded by applying relentless pressure on the visitors. They were rewarded when Nick Marinus netted the equalizer and Darren Bergh booted home the winner in the 80th minute.
It was the sixth goal of the year for both Marinus and Bergh, who are chasing teammate Avcil (who is third in Div. 2 with seven goals) for the team lead.
The win improved United’s record to 7-2-3 and maintains their hold on second place. The locals face a big test on the road this Saturday when they take on first-place and undefeated Saanich Fusion (11-0-2).
Saanich won the first meeting between the teams 1-0 in Comox on Oct. 6.
Comox Valley is nine points back of Saanich with a game in hand, and a team spokesperson notes, “There is still lots of season left.”
The Fusion lead the division with 32 goals-for while United is tied for second with 22. Backstopped by Mack Zirkl’s division-leading six shutouts, United has allowed the fewest goals-against (nine) while the Fusion has allowed just 12.
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