Above: Jordan Lindsay steals the ball. Photo by Cole Schisler.
By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler
On Saturday October 22, the Mariners hosted the Capilano Blues for their second-to-last home game at Merle Logan Field.
The Mariners struggled in the first half against the Blues. Mariner Joel Harry received a red card early in the first half which put the Mariners down a man for the match. Despite the disadvantage, they held the Blues back until the 31-minute-mark when Blues player Keith Jackson got the Blues on the board. Shortly after that, the Blues extended their lead 2–0 over the Mariners. In the dying minutes of the first half, Mariners’ midfielder Niko Cristante scored, making the match 2–1 for the Blues.
The second half was hard fought; however, the Mariners were unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. The Blues scored a third goal at the 60-minute-mark, and ended the match with another goal, defeating the Mariners 4–1.
On Sunday, the Mariners face the Quest Kermodes in their final home game of the season.
Following a ceremony to honour graduating Mariners, the Mariners took the field against the Kermodes with high energy. The Mariners were strong in the first half, playing aggressively and pressing the Kermodes’ defense. Neither team could find the net by the end of the first half. At the 65-minute-mark in the second half, Mariners’ midfielder Taylor Arbour scored the sole goal of the game, allowing the Mariners to win 1–0.
“We kept our composure, which is a big thing for us going into provincials,” said Head Coach Bill Merriman. “We still need to finish our chances. We create so many chances and we’re not getting enough goals.”
Cole is a second-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in creative writing, minoring in political science. He has an interest in all things exciting, mundane, or otherwise. He hopes to one day become an author, actor, comedian, editor, and rapper, while moonlighting as an astronaut.