Cermaq City Wave FC will play in the VISL (Vancouver Island Soccer League) Division 1 next season after securing a crucial win over Lakehill on Saturday afternoon.
The game played on the Robron turf with the sun shining and a great crowd saw a comprehensive 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Wyatt Bryce, Pete McWilliams and Eddie Lawson. Lakehill travelled to Campbell River knowing a win would put them in the battle for the top spot but it seemed apparent from the start that Cermaq had the stronger squad out on the day. Cermaq started strongly and Lakehill were content to give up defend deep and look to pounce with their counter attacks. The home team spent most of the game in the Lakehill half but some brave defending kept the game in the balance. Wyatt Bryce was able to get the game opener after 21 minutes calmly finishing after a goal mouth scramble. Just before half time Pete McWilliams got the second and the relief was apparent for all to see. Lakehill were up for the battle though and within two minutes of the second half starting the game was 2-1. For a few minutes after the nerves of the local players was obvious. However this wasn’t to last long and soon Cermaq had taken control of the game. Numerous chances came and went but after 72 minutes Eddie Lawson slotted calmly past the keeper to reassert the two goal cushion. Again more chances were created but no further goals were to be added.
The result has given Cermaq a certain promotion spot. The local side have a lead of six points with two games to go and with a goal difference of plus 17 over their nearest rivals the title of Champions should be officially acknowledged when they complete their last two games. Next Saturday the team travel to Layritz Park, Victoria where they play Prospect Lake at 4pm. Prospect Lake need two more points from their remaining two games to secure the second promotion spot. This should ensure another very competitive game.
It has been a fairy tale few years for Mens soccer in Campbell River. The last time the town boasted a Division one side was 1988-89 season when a proud run from the Campbell River Strikers ended in relegation. Since that time it has been the Golden Wings who have flown the flag for Mens Soccer in the VISL. Led by Andy Puglas the team worked hard for many years to get into the top division. Their highlight was likely when they won the George Pearkes Cup. In the season of 2013-14 our local Masters club decided to develop a Mens team to compliment and extend the opportunities for Soccer in Campbell River. It proved a huge success and they won a Division Four title in their first year. Meanwhile the Golden Wings were playing their soccer in Division Three. The catalyst for the success the town is now witnessing came when the two teams joined together for the season 2014-15 and came under the umbrella of the CR Masters as Cermaq City Wave FC. The team name saw the word “Wave” added to it in honour of the team that once graced the Division one league back in the 1980’s. The amalgamation was smooth and the team went on to win the Division Three title in their opening season and narrowly missed out winning the “Double” when they lost in the George Pearkes Cup Final.
This past season saw the team enter Division Two. A squad of 28 players were assembled and every one of them has played a part.