First place goes on the line in Cowichan's last game at The Log

Ryan Andre scored three in a row to send Cowichan LMG Pringle on the way to yet another victory Saturday. - Andrew Leong/file
Ryan Andre scored three in a row to send Cowichan LMG Pringle on the way to yet another victory Saturday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

One more win and the Div. 1 Island Soccer League crown will provide a fitting conclusion to a great regular season for Cowichan LMG Pringle.

Cowichan plays Tuesday night at Sooke in a make-up game, with fate completely in its own hands for the division title.

The only intangible could be the field conditions.

"It's a big game Tuesday night in the mud bowl at the log,'' said Cowichan coach Glen Martin.

"It's going to be terrible. I saw it Friday night.''

Cowichan continued its march toward locking up first place Saturday at Victoria's Bear Mountain complex by adding to Juan de Fuca's misery with a 6-0 victory.

Juan de Fuca lost its first game of the season, won 1-0 over Nanaimo United and then went down to 16 straight league losses.

Ironically, Nanaimo United just dismantled Juan de Fuca 15-1 last week, but Martin didn't see the point in inflicting the same sort of damage. He made five lineup changes at halftime.

"We just kept the ball and moved it around,'' Martin said. "We had tons of chances and their goalie actually played well.

"It was played in good spirits. They worked hard. They actually played harder against us than (Div. 2) Castaways did. They were underpowered, undermanned.''

Ryan Andre scored a natural hat trick in the first half for Cowichan, with Brad Archibald making it 4-0 at halftime.

Stew Barker and Matt Arnett added goals in the second half.

"Everybody got lots of playing time,'' said Martin.

Div. 2 Cowichan United moved its league game to Salt Spring Island Saturday due to the closure of the Cowichan Sportsplex field. Salt Spring won 2-1, with Stevan Zorich scoring the lone goal for Cowichan.

Both Cowichan teams are also back in Jackson Cup action Saturday. LMG is at Div. 2 Salt Spring and United hosts Powell River at the Sportsplex.

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