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United back on track after shutting out Gorge
Cowichan United is finding its form after a slow start to the Div. 2 Island Soccer League season.
After losing its first two games of the season, Cowichan went into Hampton Park in Victoria Saturday and throttled previously-undefeated Gorge 3-0 for its second straight win.
"We had a solid lineup and the boys stuck to the game plan and played really hard,'' said Glen Martin, acting as guest coach for the weekend while his Div. 1 Cowichan LMG Pringle team had a bye.
"They were a very young, small team,'' Martin observed of the opposition.
Jordan Korven scored the lone goal of the first half with a shot that deflected off a defender and went off the post and behind the somewhat startled 'keeper.
"Getting that first goal was huge,'' said Martin.
He kept the same lineup on the field most of the second half before making changes.
Korven struck for his second goal with about 20 minutes remaining on a nice shot from the top of the box. "That took a little bit of pressure off,'' conceded Martin.
"We started dominating the play now. We were bigger and stronger, just better really.''
Jose Muro put the icing on the cake with a dandy goal. He took the ball off the chest and hit a perfect volley from 20 yards out.
Cowichan had a fourth goal called back a short time later.
Darian Achurch was seldom tested in posting the shutout.
Gorge had only allowed one goal in three previous games. Cowichan not only evened its record at 2-2, but its goals for and against mark to 6-6.
Martin returns to the helm of Div. 1 for a Wednesday exhibition against the Victoria Highlanders U21s. "It'll be good fitness for us,'' he said.
Cowichan heads to Prospect Lake Saturday for its next league game.