It's just the second weekend of the season, but the Vancouver Island University Mariners women may not win a bigger game than their 2-1 win over the Quest Kermodes on Sunday at Merle Logan Field.
Had they lost that game, they would have secured just one out of a possible 12 points through the first four games, and that could have potentially buried them for the rest of the campaign.
Instead, they emerged with four out of six points this weekend, and are in position to battle back up the Pacific Western Athletic Association standings.
"It was really important to get back in the hunt for a playoff spot, playing a team like Quest who was coming in at 3-0 with nine points," said VIU head coach Anup Kang.
Kaylee Dodds and Emma Johannson scored for the Mariners while Carli Rey was very effective at midfield as well. Kira DeLeeuw replied for Quest.
The effort was even more impressive after losing star midfielder Rachel Jones midway through Saturday's 1-1 tie with the Langara Falcons - Rey scored for VIU on Saturday while Kelsa Lefebrve scored for Langera.
"Kaylee, she's been real good for us, that was a great goal she scored for us today and had some great chances against Langara," said Kang. "Emma when she gets going, she can be a real force out there, so it was real nice for her to get that goal, hopefully that will carry forward for her."
Shelby Walker was in net for both games for VIU, and played especially well in their 1-1 with the Falcons on Saturday.
The key now is to build on this weekend.
Next weekend they host the Kwantlen Falcons on Saturday at noon and the Douglas Royals at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Merle Logan Field.
"We've got to keep working on what we're doing here. Our players are getting better and better each day and we're getting more confident and more comfortable playing together," said Kang.
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