Huge goal by Muro catapults Cowichan United to the top
Jose Muro is an unlikely candidate to score at the best of times, never mind in the biggest game of the season.
But Muro pulled the trigger from the top of the box with a laser shot that found the corner of the net in the second half and gave Cowichan United a 1-0 victory over Lakehill United Sunday at McAdam Park.
The win gives United a lock on top spot in Div. 2 of the Island Soccer League, depending what Nanaimo United does in its final two games.
According to Cowichan United’s Neall Rowlings, Nanaimo will need to win in Powell River and defeat Gorge — two dangerous relegation teams — to overtake Cowichan for top spot in a very tight league.
“One tie and we’re champs,’’ noted Rowlings.
Rowlings and Div. 1 coach Glen Martin figure it’s been about 20 years since Cowichan won Div. 2.
Back to Muro. Kevin Smith got the ball to him with a great pass and he hit the target.
“I didn’t know it was even coming at me and I just shot for the corner,’’ Muro said.
“I don’t score very often — second goal of the year. It was nice it was one that actually mattered.’’
Even though first place is still uncertain, “I’m celebrating anyway,’’ said Muro.
“We worked as a unit. It felt really good (Sunday).’’
Cowichan, Lakehill Reds, Lakehill United and Gordon Head Blazers all have 26 points after completing the 16-game regular season. Cowichan has the edge on the other three teams by virtue of being one better in goals for and against.
Nanaimo has 21 points with the two games left and needs the full six points to reach the top. Otherwise, the title goes to Cowichan.
LMG, Fusion go scoreless
For the third time in the last four games, Cowichan LMG Pringle went scoreless in Div. 1 Island Soccer League action.
This time felt much better, however, tying Saanich Fusion Friday at Tyndall Park. Previous scoreless results were against Prospect Lake and Salt Spring Island, the two weakest teams in the division.
“It was a very, very fast game,’’ said Cowichan coach Glen Martin. “They had a really strong lineup.
“It was a huge game for them, trying to defend a league title. They knew a tie was no good. Same for us, really.’’
Bays United Liquor Plus, Cowichan’s opponent for the first round of the Jackson Cup, has the inside track now on locking up first place.
Shutting out the Fusion’s Patrick Nelson and Cooper Barry was a huge accomplishment for Cowichan.
“Our goals against is amazing,’’ said Martin. “But we’ve got to start scoring some goals.’’