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Citra goal propels Cowichan to 1-0 win over Nanaimo
The offense is looking stronger, but the defence remains the forte of Cowichan LMG Pringle.
Cowichan is off to a 2-0 start in Div. 1 of the Island Soccer League with five goals scored and none against after beating Nanaimo 1-0 Saturday night in Nanaimo.
The team is picking up right where it left off last season with flawless defence and a second straight shutout for Joel Wilson.
"In the last 20 league games, we've given up eight goals,'' said coach Glen Martin.
"We're confident. We're obviously priding ourselves on that.''
Dan Citra scored the lone goal to beat Nanaimo at the 65-minute mark on a cross from Steve Scott. Citra beat his defender to the ball and headed it in to the far post.
Scott, formerly of Sooke, was dangerous throughout just his second game since joining Cowichan.
"He's only got the one (goal), but he's created six really good chances for himself,'' said Martin. "It'll come.''
The Cowichan-Nanaimo game went pretty much as expected, with two really strong teams battling it out.
"They had a good team,'' said Martin. "They played well. We didn't play as well as I thought we could. We did what we had to do.
"We gave up a lot of free kicks outside our box. They didn't do too much with them.''
Wilson made one big save in the first half.
Cowichan faces a bigger test in its next game against defending Jackson Cup champion Bays United Liquor Plus Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sherman Road Park's Bill Keserich Field.
"It's a good time to play them,'' said Martin. "They don't have all their big players back yet.''
But, despite absences and injuries, Bays has still scored six goals in two games.
"They're scoring lots of goals without those guys,'' said Martin.
Sniper Jordie Hughes, brother of Cowichan's Tyler, is one those players still on the shelf and unlikely to play.