By Josh Martin, Sports Editor
The men’s soccer team was very successful this past weekend at home with a pair of big wins against the Quest Kermodes on Saturday and the Langara Falcons on Sunday. After trailing 1–2 for the better part of the game, the Royals came back with two goals in the second half to defeat the Kermodes 3–2.
“Basically just a character win, we were down a couple of goals just like last week and managed to battle back. We were missing quite a few seniors and Ronnie [Johal] the rookie came in and did well and scored, as well as Isaac [Kyei],” said captain Dylan Myers.
“It’s definitely a huge momentum swing. We still haven’t lost yet, so we take a lot of pride in that.”
The momentum from Saturday’s game seemed to carry over into Sunday’s match where the Royals blew past the Falcons by a final score of 5–2. Sahil Sandhu was on fire and scored four tallies of his own, making it eight goals in only six games.
The victory had a special significance for the Royals, who were happy to be back playing in Coquitlam in front of their fans.
“It’s huge because of course we’re hosting nationals here so to play at home in front of our fans, as well as not having to travel and sleeping in our own beds and whatnot definitely helps,” says Myers. “It’s good to see the fans out today as well. We thank them for coming. “
This weekend the Royals are up against the Kwantlen Eagles in back-to-back games, on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Newton Athletic Park and then on Sunday at 3 p.m. at home in Coquitlam. The Royals are tied for first place with the VIU Mariners with 14 points in the standings.
The women’s team had a tough go against the Kermodes and the Falcons this past weekend. After two huge wins last weekend against the VIU Mariners and the Capilano Blues, they lost against the Kermodes 2–0 on Saturday and then were defeated on Sunday by the Falcons 3–0.
They face the Kwantlen Eagles this Saturday at noon at Newton Athletic Park and on Sunday at 1 p.m. They are currently in sixth place in the standings with six points.