Week 5 of Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) Division 1 action was a dandy, and it served up a few tasty plates on Thanksgiving weekend as the top flight of amateur soccer on the island got in a full slate of matches.
By the end of it, Lakehill continued their impressive start to the season, maintaining their 100% record to lead the way, but Victoria Highlanders are still breathing right down their necks.
Friday started with a stunning result as Westcastle (who are in the relegation zone) and Vic West (favoured by some preseason to run away with the division) played to a 1-1 draw. Vic West’s goal was scored by Maslah Hassan-Farah, with the Westcastle goal scored by Yassin Guitouni.
Friday also saw division leading and undefeated Lakehill FC defeat Bays Utd 4-1.
Goals from Alexander Moody, Blair Sturrock, and a double from Craig Gorman saw Lakehill grab another three points. The loan Bays marker was by Matteus Achadinha.
Saturday opened up with Juan de Fuca Allflows coming from two goals down and defeating Gorge FC by score of 3-2. First half goals by Gorge were scored by Dominic Colantonio and Bryce Marinus, but JDF stepped it up in the second and a goal from Ori Fisher and a brace from Igacio Ovalle saw the Allflows secure the stunning comeback.
Saturday also saw Cowichan with a surprising 4-1 win over Comox Valley. Scoring for Freshly transferred in Jordan De Graaf hit a hat-trick on his debut with Blaze Roberts also getting on the scoresheet for Cowichan. The loan goal for Comox was scored by Joe Butcher.
Saturday’s last game saw the Victoria Highlanders defeat visiting Powell River Villa 3-0.
Thanks to goals from Koby Greaves, Matthew Plaath, and Wyatt Davis. Keepers sharing the load for the home squad were Tim Stroebele and Aden Lauzon.
And after all of that Week 5 action, here’s where that leaves the VISL Division 1 standings.
Year to date, the big story is clearly the current state at the top of the table with Lakehill looking to run away with the division. Highlanders, Nanaimo, and Vic West will want to change that in the near future following a couple blemishes on their early season.
Equally surprising is the state of the Gorge FC team who are still pointless in the season and currently in the cellar, just below Comox, and Westcastle.
In the clean sheets department, another goalkeeper has joined the leaderboard, but it stays virtually the same with Lakehill’s Hardeep Gahunia and Victoria West’s Cameron Griffin leading the way with two shutouts apiece.
The goal scoring race heats up, and that leaderboard got pretty exciting in short time.
Patrick Nelson of Bays still leads the way, but Matthew Plaath is on his heels, and an explosive weekend by Jordan De Graaf gets him into the mix. Father Time Blair Sturrock is right there with the aforementioned for second place as well.
So it was a super Thanksgiving weekend for soccer, with many minutes of sun, so we are also thankful for that. There will be plenty of rain coming soon!
The movement within the division has lifted some eyebrows, and will make the following weeks mean that much more. We are looking forward to the next couple, and October wrapping up with some tasty treats.
Here’s what’s in store in VISL Division 1 this weekend:
You can find all of the fixtures for this weekend, and the season, across all the divisions at VISL.org.