The Nanaimo Redmen have yet to allow a single point against this season, after posting their second straight shutout, 14-0 over the Chilliwack Giants on Sunday at May Bennett Richards Pioneer Park in Nanaimo in Vancouver Mainland Football League midget action.
The win follows their 42-0 shellacking of the Comox Valley Raiders last weekend, so head coach Sean Roden was able to put a little more weight behind this victory.
Still, they have a long way to go, particularly on offence, which struggled all day.
"We were really, really good on defence, on the offence we made too many mistakes," said Roden. "Dead ball fouls killed us, we had a couple of fumbles that we shouldn't have had. .. on the hand off. Our execution on offence was not as sharp as it could be."
The Redmen led 4-0 at the half, thanks to a field goal and a rouge from kicker Spencer Vos, but they broke it open in the third quarter with a 50-yard run by running back Marcus Sevre. Vos added another field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Up next for the Redmen is a road game against the North Delta Longhorns on Sunday.
VIU soccer struggles on opening weekend It was a tough Pacific Western Athletic Association opening week for the Vancouver Island University Mariners soccer teams - the men split their two games while the women fell to 0-2. On Saturday at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Heat, the men came out on top with goals from Nick Moore, Keegan Lang, Farhad Abdulgani and David Durrant.
They dominated in the first half, building a 3-1 lead, and then finished the Heat in the second half.
The women, however, were plagued by a problem that haunted them last year: The inability to finish chances. Shelby Walker scored the Mariners' lone goal of the game in the 61st minute, to tie the score at 1-1, but the Heat converted a penalty kick off a hand ball in the 67th minute for the win. VIU's Rachel Jones had a glorious chance to tie late from 12-yards out but her shot was off the mark. Carli Rey also missed a first half chance that would have tied the game before the break.
On Saturday in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University, the men landed on the other side of a 4-2 score. They had difficulty adapting to the physical game of the two-time defending PacWest champions, but were still in the game heading into the second half, down 2-1. TRU stretched it to 4-1 before Lang scored in the 70th minute for VIU. Moore scored VIU's first half goal on a penalty kick, bending the shot over the wall and by TRU keeper Travis Froelich.
"This was a great test for our young VIU Mariners, TRU came out hard and physical and at first I think we were a little intimidated," said VIU men's head coach Bill Merriman in an email. "Playing up there you know you are always in for a war and no matter how you try to prepare your team for that' unless players have been in that situation as a coach you don't know how they will react."
Against the WolfPack, the women once again had missed opportunities and dug themselves an early hole. TRU led 2-0 at the half, despite Caity Genereaux and Rey narrowly missing chances to cut the lead.
Early in the second half, TRU made it 3-0, but the M's finally got on the board when Kaylee Dodds finished off an Emma Johannson cross. Both players had subsequent chances, but couldn't find the back of the net.
"We played a real good game on Saturday, the PK was unfortunate, some refs will call that and others won't," saidVIU women's head coach Anup Kang in an email. "Rachel was real good today, she's really maturing as a player, she went head on against one of the top mid fielders in the league and stood her own.
"Against TRU. .. even though we were two down at the half the players really believed we were not out of it and took the game to TRU for most of the second half and were unlucky not to score more."
VIU hosts Langara on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. and Quest on Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.
Barsby Bulldogs fall to Lord Tweedsmuir The AA Varsity Barsby Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with the AAA Varsity Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in Surrey in B.C. High School Football action on Friday and almost came out on top, falling 36-30.
The Bulldogs had difficulty establishing their offence, then shot themselves in the foot with selfish penalties on defence to extend drives that led to points for the Panthers.
The highlight for Barsby was an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Kyle Vollet.
Up next for Barsby is a road trip to Chilliwack to play the G.W. Graham Grizzlies.
The NDSS Islanders, meanwhile, beat Timberline 33-0 in Campbell River. They host the Spectrum Thunder on Friday at 7 p.m. at Merle Logan Field to open their regular season.
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