Cermaq City FC: Back Row

Cermaq FC advances to Pearkes Cup quarterfinals

Squad to host Powell River Saturday at Willow Point Sports Plex

Fresh off its Vancouver Island Soccer League Division 3A championship and a pair of victories in the Pearkes Challenge Cup, the Cermaq City FC men return to action this weekend with a Pearkes Cup quarterfinal matchup against Powell River Villa at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Willow Point Sports Plex.

Last Sunday, Cermaq wrapped up league play with a back-and-forth, 5-4 win over Saltspring. Shane Dumanoir, the league’s leading scorer, and Matt Wooff each had two goals and Markel Henderson added one as Cermaq clinched a berth in Division 2 for next season.

One day earlier, the team was in Victoria, where it posted a dramatic, 3-2 win over the Cordova Bay Bobcats in Round 2 of the Pearkes Challenge Cup. With the score tied 2-2 in the dying minutes, Cordova Bay earned a penalty kick, but the shot caromed off the post. Cermaq then pushed back and Wooff drilled the game-winner from 20 yards out to send Cermaq into this weekend’s quarterfinal.

Wooff finished with two goals in the comeback win, with Dumanoir adding the other.

One week earlier, the side opened Cup play in Victoria with a 4-3 win over Vic West. Dumanoir capped a hat trick with the tie-breaking game winner in extra time after Cermaq allowed a 3-1 lead to slip away in the closing moments of regulation.

Wooff added the other goal in the win.

Saturday’s Pearkes Cup quarterfinal at the Sports Plex pits the winners of Division 3A and 3B in what promises to be another tightly played contest.