ALAN JACKSON

ALAN JACKSON

Masters men off to great start

All three Comox Valley teams win soccer season openers

All three Comox Valley masters men’s soccer teams were victorious in their opening games of the 2012-13 outdoor season.

The 35s won 3-2 in the late stages of Friday’s match in Qualicum while the 55s beat Qualicum 5-2 at home Sunday. The 45s won 6-3 the previous weekend in Nanaimo.

In Friday’s match, Comox Valley controlled the early stages of the game by converting short passes on the ground. But as the half wore on, sloppy play and failed long passes resulted in a 2-0 halftime deficit.

Team leader Andy Marinus rallied the squad at the break, after which the boys returned to their early form.

Nuno Covas, a new member of the team playing outside midfield, pounced on a loose ball resulting from a Bryan Stewart free kick to make it 2-1. Then the ever-improving Andrew Scott, also playing outside mid, broke through the Qualicum defence and slotted home the tying goal.

Covas struck again late in the game after subbing back onto the field, this time from the right side where he broke free and calmly potted the winning goal.

A solid team effort from 17 players who shared the playing time.

•Forward Peter Friesen scored a hat-trick for the 55s in their Sunday match at G.P. Vanier.

Comox Valley defender Billy Lund opened the scoring while Friesen gave the home team a 2-1 halftime lead.

Friesen made it 3-1 in the second half, but the visitors again made it a one-goal game when Doug Marshall converted a low, hard cross from Terry Brown.

Friesen struck again with a well-placed shot outside the 18-yard box that went over the head of the Qualicum keeper and just under the crossbar to make it 4-2.

Defender Kelly Wirth later sealed the victory with a close-range header that snuck inside the goal post.

The 45s host Campbell River this Sunday at noon at Vanier, while the 55s host Campbell River Sept. 30.

 

The 35s next play Oct. 14 in Campbell River.

 

 

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