Cowichan LMG Pringle season starts Sept. 6

The Div. 1 Island Soccer League team's coach expects Cowichan to be among the top contenders again this year.

Cowichan LMG Pringle needed a fitness test at this time of the year.

With its Div. 1 Island Soccer League season about to open, LMG stepped it up with a fast-paced exhibition game against Vancouver Island University (VIU) Aug. 22 in Ladysmith.

Cowichan held the young, speedy VIU squad off the scoreboard and got a late goal from Kevin Jones for a 1-0 victory.

“They didn’t have too many chances to score,’’ said Cowichan coach Glen Martin. “Overall, we limited them pretty good. That’s probably the fastest team we’ll play all year — 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds. They’re very, very quick.’’

Joel Wilson recorded the shutout.

Brad Thorne sent a through ball to Jones with two minutes to go, and he finished with a great shot to the top corner.

Cowichan is planning a fan appreciation promotion for its home-opener Friday, Sept. 6 at Sherman Road Park against Lakehill Reds, newly-promoted from Div. 2 and a finalist in the last Jackson Cup competition.

Few changes are likely to either the Cowichan lineup or the order of the league standings this season. Cowichan is only losing George Horne and Bram Taylor from its regular roster last season, while veterans Darcy Kulai, George Thomas and Brad Thorne are all attempting to make a comeback with the team.

Martin figures Cowichan will be among the top contenders again this year, along with Bays United Liquor Plus and Saanich Fusion, with Vic West and Nanaimo not far behind.