Soccer side draws best for first

A random tournament draw has proved an interesting one, to say the least, for Cowichan LMG Pringle men's Div 1 soccer squad.

Coach Glen Martin confirmed Wednesday his team, which is currently ranked number one, has been drawn to play the second-ranked team in the league, Bays United Liquor Plus, in the first round of the Jackson Cup tournament come February.

"It's a completely random draw and no teams ever get seeded," Martin explained. "It's just how it is and it's always been that way."

But having both the top-ranked teams face off first isn't ideal, the coach noted.

"One really good team is going to be out of the cup and that could very well effect the B.C. Cup," he said, explaining last year's tournament saw the Cowichan boys play their way to the bitter end, gearing up every weekend until they faced Bays in the final and beat them 2-1.

"There will be one team that's not going to play for a long period in between (the Jackson Cup and the B.C. Cup) and that's not going to be good," Martin said.

The opener against Bays, however, will be an exciting match, Martin suspects.

"They’re very strong and they’re getting even stronger, picking up new players as they go," he said.

But the results of the 19-team draw isn't getting him down.

"It's how it is and that's all."

Cowichan's won the cup the last two years in a row and the boys have began chanting, 'Keep the cup, keep the cup," before games.

The team's also preparing to play their first game after their break of five league games left before the cup.

They're set to head over to Saltspring Saturday to face their team.




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