Riptide grads contribute to VIU victories

Chloe Gummer has kicked off the 2019 Pacific Western Athletic Association soccer season with two goals in six games.

The Comox resident and Upper Island Riptide alumna is a fourth-year striker on the VIU Mariners women’s team, which sports a record of four wins and two ties. With 14 points, the defending PacWest champions sit second in the four-team league, two points behind Douglas College.

Gummer scored the game winner Sept. 7 in a 2-0 season-opening win at home against Capilano University, and the game-tying goal the following day against the same opponent.

Fellow Riptide graduate Justine McMahon, also from Comox, scored the lone goal in a 1-0 road victory Saturday, Sept. 21 over Capilano.

“It’s a great start, and this upcoming double header against Douglas is huge,” Mariners coach Kevin Lindo said. “We’ve only showed glimpses of our best attacking play so far, but showed lots of character, which we’re very pleased about, so there’s much to come from us.”

The women host the Douglas College Royals Saturday and Sunday.

“Hopefully we’ll hit our stride this weekend,” Lindo said. “The players are certainly feeling confident.”

Lindo gave a shout-out to Taylor Kinley of Powell River — another Riptide graduate — who scored for VIU in a 1-1 draw on the road against the Royals Sept. 15.

“Taylor has played most games, and is looking like one of the league’s top rookies this season,” he said.

A fourth Riptide graduate, Cassidy Chamberlin of Courtenay, tends net for the Mariners.

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