Three points in the standings, and $300 to help a local youth soccer player.
That was the win-win situation at Comox Valley Turf field on Oct. 31 when Comox Valley United defeated Nanaimo United 5-3 and their fans donated just under $300 to support Kenton Doust in his battle with cancer.
“We came out with all the victories we needed,” said United spokesperson Rob Caya, who credited the team’s “amazing fans” for their generosity in assisting the Doust family.
Kenton, who turns 14 on Nov. 6, was scheduled to begin chemotherapy on Oct. 30 to treat three malignant brain tumours. Those wishing to help the family with expenses can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/9h754pck.
While their fans were showing the warmth of their generosity on the sidelines, United was heating up on the field and snapping a two-game Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 losing streak with a convincing win over Nanaimo.
Kyle Bate and Graeme McNeill tallied twice each and Grayson Chalifoux added one for the home team. McNeill was Comox Valley MVP while Bate now has four goals on the season and is tied for third place in Div. 1 scoring.
Andrew Adams, Ryan Andrew and Tony Maestrello netted the Nanaimo goals. Davis Stupich was team MVP.
The win improved Comox Valley’s record to 4-2-2 and propelled them past Nanaimo and into a tie with Gorge FC (4-2-2) for fourth place. They are just two points back of third-place Saanich Fusion.
United visits eighth-place Lakehill FC (0-5-3) this weekend. Their next home game is Nov. 14 against second-place Bays United (6-1-1) with kickoff 6 p.m. at the turf field.
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