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Powell River soccer club remains first in VISL Division 2

Villa overcomes pressure to win
Powell River Villa SC veteran Kye Taylor
HEAD ABOVE: Powell River Villa SC veteran Kye Taylor goes for a header against a Vic West opposing player during his team’s latest win. David Brindle photo

Goals by Kurtis Dennison and Jake Kenmuir gave Powell River Villa SC a fifth win against one loss in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 2 action on October 20. Villa beat Vic West 2-0 before hometown fans at Timberlane Park.

The three points for the win keeps Villa in first place in the division, two points ahead of Saanich.

A few minutes into the second half, Villa controlled play in the 18-yard box of Vic West, and the ball was pushed out to Kye Taylor. He beat a couple defenders on the left side and put a cross into Dennison, who volleyed the ball off the crossbar and into the top corner for what proved to be the winning goal.

“It was a really nice goal, one of the nicest in a while at Timberlane,” said Villa coach Chris McDonough.

With minutes remaining in the game, Kenmuir added the insurance goal. He was on the right wing when he got lucky on a miscue by the Vic West defence and pounced on the mistake.

The game did not start off strong for Villa, according to McDonough, with Vic West pressing in the first half and Villa feeling it.

The coach said he was not worried because he didn’t think the opponents would be able to keep up the pressure, and they didn’t.

“I thought we had a tough first half; we couldn't really get much going as far as building out of our own end but we defended well, as we have all season, and were still very much in it,” he added. “Probably not our best game of the season but we still managed to find a way to win.”

McDonough had a short bench for the game with two players out with injury, another on suspension and players who had work commitments.

Daniel Paul and Patrick Rainville are injured and McDonough does not know when they will return to the lineup, and Brandon Knox has another two games to sit out on his four-game suspension. Dean Thorsell, Greg Smith and Scott Livingstone also had to miss the game.

Villa looks for another three points at home against Prospect Lake on Saturday, October 27. Game time is 1:30 at Timberlane Park.