Comox Valley United continued to roll into the half-way mark of the Vancouver Island Soccer League season with an 8-0 record.
“The score line was very similar for most of the games, with the good guys scoring three or four goals per game and conceding only one or fewer to the opposition,” player/coach Graeme McNeill said. “Comox has had the same core for most of the season, but has received some outstanding contributions from rookies and newcomers to Comox Valley United.”
Two of the wins came by way of forfeit when Victoria-based teams were unable to field a squad for the three-hour trek to Courtenay.
In the final October game at home, United beat Fernwood 4-0. Captain Kyle Bate and 16-year-old rookie sensation Robert Woodroofe-Brown each scored twice. Keeper Tyler Griffith earned game MVP honours with the shutout.
The following weekend, Nov. 2, CVU beat Nanaimo 4-1 in a road game. Goals were scored by Joe Butcher, Bryce Marinus, Nick Marinus and Bate. Bryce had his first start for United and had an instant impact. Game MVP was again Griffith, who had his shutout robbed by a 92nd minute questionable penalty kick call.
United started the second half of the season with a road game Nov. 16 in Saanich. CVU won 4-2, upping their record to 9-0 for the season. Goals came from Comox rookies Nikolai Neun-Hornick and Josh Fauchon, and the ‘Bash Brothers,’ Nick and Bryce Marinus.
After nine games, CVU has scored 29 goals and conceded four. The team leads the Div. 2 standings with 27 points. The Victoria Highlanders are second with 21 points.
Next up is Prospect Lake on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at the Vanier turf. Kickoff is 6 p.m. In their previous meeting Sept. 21, Comox beat Prospect Lake 2-1 in Victoria in what was a fierce game.
“The second game should have some fireworks and Comox fans will not want to miss out,” McNeill said.