First place in Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 3A was on the line for Powell River Villa soccer club on November 12, but the team slipped to third place after a 1-0 loss to division-leading Gorge in Victoria. Villa entered the game just a single point behind the leaders.
Villa carried the play against a stingy Gorge defence throughout the loss. In the final minutes, Villa midfielder Kurtis Dennison came close to tying the score.
Head coach Chris McDonough had a short bench of 11 players to work with. Strikers Chris Marshman and Kye Taylor and centre back Jarek Long were unavailable due to injury and other players missed the trip due to work commitments.
Gorge has handed Villa its only two losses of the season by the same 1-0 score, including in Powell River on September 24.
Meanwhile, Villa’s Jake Kenmuir is second in division scoring with eight points. Taylor and Julius Ulrich are also among the top 10 with four points each.
Villa’s next game takes place at home against Prospect Lake on Sunday, November 19. Game time is 1:30 pm at Timberlane Park.