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Powell River Villa suffers tough loss in Victoria

Vic West put match out of reach with three second half goals
OFFENSIVE EFFORT: Griffin Leach [above] Ori Fisher and Kalem Lindstrom put in a good effort for Powell River Villa on the road last weekend, according to their manager, despite the soccer club falling to Vic West FC, the current holders of second place in Vancouver Island Soccer League standings. Leach and his teammates will host Gorge FC at Timberlane Park this weekend.

Powell River Villa lost 5-1 to Vic West FC in Victoria on Saturday, December 3, and failed to garner a point in the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) Division 1 standings.

“We didn’t get off to a great start,” said Chris McDonough, Villa’s manager. “Vic West scored early, at seven minutes, but we were able to answer them fairly quickly with a goal from Patrick Osakabe-Green at 16 minutes on a good passing play. Vic West scored again at 25 minutes, and we went into halftime down one goal.”

Vic West then kept Villa mostly pinned in their end for the second half, and scored three more goals, at 65, 66, and 81 minutes, to finish off the game.

“We didn’t play too badly in the second half, but we gave the ball away too easily, and we were not consistent,” said Tony Leach, Villa’s coach. “Vic West is a strong team, and they’ve recently recruited several players from the University of Victoria, which has only made them stronger.”

McDonough and Leach praised Osakabe-Green, who has had three goals in his two games for Villa since the club signed him two weeks ago.

“Patrick is dangerous down the right side,” said McDonough. “Nick Van’t Schip and Richard “Chico” Murphy were also good on the back line. And on our offence, Ori Fisher, Griffin Leach, and Kalem Lindstrom, put in a good effort.”

Villa returns home for its final match of the 2022 portion of the VISL schedule this weekend, depending on weather conditions.

Third-place Gorge FC will travel to Timberlane Park on Saturday, December 10, with the kickoff scheduled for 1:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the gate.

“We have a few players back this weekend who were missing last weekend, including Niko Cristante, Joel Harry and Matt Liknes,” said Leach. “We are only four points back of Bays United for eighth place, and that is our focus for the rest of the season.”

Gorge FC (23 points) sits third in Division 1 standings behind first place Lakehill (35) and second place Vic West (27). Victoria Highlanders are fourth with 21 points, followed by Westcastle (16), Nanaimo United FC (14) and Cowichan Axis FC (13).

Bays United (12), Villa (eight) and Comox Valley United FC (six) are currently in the relegation zone.

After the holiday season break, Villa will return to action on the road in Victoria against Bays United on January 14. Nanaimo United will provide the opposition for the first home game in the new year on January 21, 2023, at Timberlane Park.