Cowichan Pringle still in the lead

Cowichan LMG Pringle continues to lead in Div. 1 men's Island Soccer League action but faces its toughest test this Friday.

Cowichan LMG Pringle continues to lead Div. 1 of the Island Soccer League after recording its sixth straight victory but Friday will bring the team’s toughest test of the young season.

“It’s a battle for first place,’’ said Cowichan coach Glen Martin, as his team takes on Nanaimo United this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sherman Road Park’s Bill Keserich Field.

Cowichan defeated Salt Spring Island 4-0 Saturday in Ladysmith and now has 22 goals for and just two against and 18 points. Close behind at 5-1 is Nanaimo United with a slightly less productive offence of 10 goals scored and five against with 15 points.

Cowichan jumped on Salt Spring with a goal from Kevin Brown on a nice shot at 14 minutes and a hard shot to the bottom corner for a goal at 21 minutes by last year’s leading scorer Ryan Andre for a 2-0 lead at the half.

A goal by Dan Citra padded the margin 18 minutes into the second half.

Andre added another marker, his fifth of the season, 35 minutes into the second half to round out the scoring. Goalkeeper Joel Wilson registered his fourth shutout in six games.

George Horne, who played a strong game at left back for 90 minutes, was the man of the match for Cowichan.