Comox Valley United secures sixth-place finish

Men's soccer team will remain in Div. 1 in VISL next season

Earning promotion in soccer is a big step up for any team. The challenge, especially in the first year in the higher division, is not slipping back down the ladder.

After being promoted to Div. 1 of the Vancouver Island Soccer League last season, Comox Valley United has successful ensured their spot in the top tier of the men’s league again next year.

United wraps up its 18-game regular season Saturday in Victoria against Castaways FC. Win, lose or draw, Comox Valley will not move up or down in the standings as they have solidified sixth place in the 10-team division.

They sit four points back of fourth-place co-holder Bays United and Nanaimo United and are five points up on seventh-place Westcastle United.

Saturday’s season finale should provide United a solid chance to notch another ‘W’ in the win column as they are up against 10th place Castaways, who have just one point on a 0-16-1 record this season. Comox Valley beat Castaways 4-1 for their first Div. 1 win on Sept. 28, 2014.

The local lads will also be looking to keep fine-tuning their game as they have a date with Tier 1 champions Cowichan FC on Feb. 14 in the first round of Jackson Cup play.

This past Saturday, United avenged an early-season 2-0 loss to Vic West FC by defeating the third-place Wests 1-0 in Victoria. Clay Fauchon netted the game’s only goal while Mack Zirkl earned team MVP honours in posting his third shutout of the season (tied for third in the division).

It was United’s second straight strong showing in an away game against a top-three Div. 1 team; last Saturday they were edged 2-1 on a late goal by second-place Saanich Fusion.

THROW INS Fans can follow United on https://www.facebook.com/CVUnitedSoccerMen

 

Just Posted

Comox Valley firefighters assist with wildfire effort

Four Courtenay firefighters are in Fort St. James helping with the fight… Continue reading

Woman rescued from Stotan Falls calling for safety measures

3L Developments did not comment on immediate plans to add safety precautions

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

More than 22,000 blood donors needed

Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet patients’ needs this… Continue reading

Kiyoshi Kosky running for Courtenay City Council

I am Kiyoshi Kosky and am running in the upcoming Courtenay Municipal… Continue reading

Updated: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Independent Investivations Office looking into Sayward crash

An incident in which a vehicle under RCMP scrutiny crashed near Sayward… Continue reading

Search for mudslide victim becomes recovery mission

Valerie Morris was swept away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11.

Comox Valley volleyball star to play in Bulgaria

Brad Gunter plays on Canada’s senior A team

Behind the fire line: B.C. firefighters stalked by cougars

A Keremeos volunteer firefighter talks about what it was like to patrol the Snowy Mountain fire

Woman in custody after topless crane climb near Toronto waterfront

Toronto police have apprehend a woman who climbed crane cab near waterfront

‘Hot and dirty work:’ Commander describes fighting massive Ontario wildfire

Ontario has seen more than 1,000 forest fires so far this year, compared to 561 in all of 2017.

‘Billion-piece jigsaw puzzle:’ Canadians key to 1st complete map of wheat genome

The paper has 202 authors from 73 research agencies in 20 countries.

70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave

After Ruth died of throat cancer at age 53, tens of thousands of fans came to pay respects

Most Read