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Soccer squad returns Saturday

Fancy footwork will surely be shown by captain Jesse Winter when Div. 1 Cowichan LMG Pringle gets back into game action Saturday for the first time in 2014. - Andrew Leong/file
Fancy footwork will surely be shown by captain Jesse Winter when Div. 1 Cowichan LMG Pringle gets back into game action Saturday for the first time in 2014.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Cowichan LMG Pringle returns to Div. 1 Island Soccer League action Saturday against Castaways.

Cowichan's first game of 2014 will take place at the Ladysmith Turf at 7:30 p.m.

Even though Castaways are 2-7-3 in the standings, Cowichan coach Glen Martin isn't counting it as an automatic three points.

"They've been doing quite well in recent games,'' he said. "They're not an easy bottom team now. They'll be hard to handle. They're a feisty team.''

Cowichan comes out of the break on a two-game losing streak, having surrendered five of their total six goals against all season in the process. But Martin isn't concerned with all his regulars back in action, other than goalkeeper Joel Wilson.

Martin isn't sure yet who will start in place of the injured Wilson.

Cowichan has recently signed Colin Knight and Ben Robson to fill some gaps. Robson is a good young player, Martin said, who's 18 years old.

The draw for the Jackson Cup has also been revealed and it looks good for LMG Pringle and even better for Div. 2 Cowichan United, although it might not have the horses now to make it through.

LMG Pringle will open with a home game against Div. 2 Gorge and, with a win, will face Gordon Head Blazers Div. 2 on the road. All going well to that point, the quarterfinal game would be against the winner of Saanich Fusion Div. 2 and Gorge Div. 1.

Div. 2 Cowichan United receives a first-round bye and then takes on the winner of Nanaimo Div. 2 and Lakehill United Div. 2.

The first round of Cup play is Feb. 15 and 16.

LMG's Jesse Winter, Tyler Hughes, Brad Thorne and Steve Scott all played for the VISL in last weekend's all-star game loss on penalty shots to the Fraser Valley.

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