Comox Valley United’s pursuit of their first Vancouver Island Soccer League Div. 1 victory resumes this Sunday when the local men’s side hosts Castaways FC in a 2:15 p.m. start at Valley View.
The newly promoted, Berawn Energy Services-sponsored United squad is 0-3 so far, but their early-season results show they are far from out of place in the VISL’s top tier.
After opening with a 2-1 loss to fifth-place Gorge, they fell 3-0 to first-place Cowichan and this past weekend were edged 2-1 by third-place Bays United Liquor Plus.
Kyle Bate gave United a 1-0 lead early in the second half when he broke in on goalkeeper Gabe Luger, deked him to the turf, then slotted the ball into a wide open net with a sharp-angle shot from the left side.
Shortly after that, Kelsey Louie equalized for the visitors on a penalty kick, and just minutes later Paul Vandenboomen put Bays United ahead to stay with a close-range shot.
United will be out to earn their first Div. 1 point (or points) this Sunday when Castaways comes to Courtenay.
Castaways (0-2-1) are one of two other winless Div. 1 squads. They have lost 2-0 to Lakehill and 5-0 to Saanich Fusion FC while drawing 2-2 with Gorge.
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