It’s a short season so Chemainus Secondary School’s senior boys’ soccer team had to act fast.
“We got a late start to the year,” noted coach Kyle Peruniak. “We’re just getting into the practice rhythm now.”
The team played its home opener last Thursday and lost to Brookes of Shawnigan Lake 4-2. Chemainus carried the play in the early going, but came away empty-handed.
“I think we played well for our first game of the year,” said Peruniak. “We had two close scoring opportunities in the first half that would have put us up 2-0, but their goalie was sharp and was able to save those two headers.”
Both opportunities came from Cordell Jack, but he redeemed himself later by scoring the two Chemainus goals. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as Brookes picked up the pace and showed a technical advantage on Chemainus as the game wore on.
Peruniak has 20 players on the roster in Grades 8 through 12.
“I’m just trying to work to get these younger ones in,” Peruniak pointed out. “We’re definitely going to get everyone into the game from here on out.”
For this match, he stuck with the more experienced older players.
“I played my starters most of the game to see what their abilities are going from here,” said Peruniak.
Overall, “I thought everybody played really hard,” he added.
Chemainus had another game at Duncan Christian School Wednesday (after presstime).
The Island A tournament takes place already next week, Tuesday and Wednesday at St. Andrew’s in Victoria, that will bring the very quick season to a close.