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Challenges affect Powell River Villa’s performance

Soccer club's president believes team can turn losing season around

A third of the way into the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) season, Powell River Villa soccer club is mired in seventh place with only four points after posting a record of one win, five losses and one tie.

Villa lost again on Sunday, October 30, this time against Nanaimo United by a score of 2-1.

According to club president, Jamie Zroback, “it is disappointing the way the season has started out.” That sentiment is being felt by players, the coach and other executive members.

Zroback said one of the keys to getting back on a winning track is a commitment from all players to be available for all weekend game days.

“It’s always a challenge with guys working and family commitments,” said Zroback.

Zroback said that in the past, Villa had a strong enough and deep enough lineup to sustain any player shortage.

“I don’t think we’re as strong as we once were,” he said. “It’s almost more important to have everybody available.”

According to Zroback, after squandering some games, he is confident the team can turn things around, but they have to beat the two other teams at the bottom of the division standings.

“Games coming up against Sooke and Nanaimo are games we have to win,” he said.

Villa is tied with Nanaimo in seventh spot, while Sooke is in last place among the nine teams competing in VISL division two. After a bye this weekend, Villa’s next game is Sunday, November 12, in Cowichan.