SURREY - Coastal FC picked up their first win of the young Metro Women's Soccer League season with a 3-0 decision at the expense of Westside in South Surrey Sunday night.
Coastal coach Matt Holbrook said the win was important as his team cannot afford to squander points in the standings.
"Westside isn't as strong as they once were," Holbrook said. "They've lost their star player so they've gradually gotten weaker. We have to win these games and not let points get away from us. We did that the week before when we only had 10 players and we struggled against a Selects team. Our roster is kind of thin right now and we're trying to top it up with university players whenever we can."
Coastal took care of business early Friday, scoring two goals in the first half to take the wind out of the Westside sails. A third goal in the second half sealed the visitors' fate.
Britta Rustad, Lindsay Sadgrove and Christine Lyle provided the goals for Coastal.
"We were up 2-0 at the half and the game was never really in doubt." Holbrook said. "It was a hard-fought game because Westside works hard but they don't have enough talent to really break us down. We kept a lot of possession and that's good because that's something we are really focusing on this year. We only had one sub so we wanted to control possession as much as possible and not burn too much energy. I worked well and we were never in doubt of getting scored on."
Elsewhere, 10-time provincial champion Surrey United continues to roll along, posting their third win in as many games with an impressive 3-0 romp over the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders in Victoria.
Surrey wasted no time in seizing control of the proceeding with two goals before the 20-minute mark of the opening half.
"We scored two goals in the first 20 minutes and that really took a lot out of them (Victoria)," said Surrey coach Leigh Sembaluk. "Playing on the road after travelling on the ferry can be difficult so the message before the game was to get a quick start. Getting the two goals right away got us into the game and put a lot of pressure on them. The game didn't have tons of energy after that."
Nicole Stewart accounted for all of the Surrey scoring. She got things going in the sixth minute when she nodded home a free kick from Kate Qually. The duo provided an instant replay of the opening goal 14 minutes later with an identical effort.
Stewart completed her hat trick in the second half when she redirected a crossing pass trough the Peninsula box.
Sembaluk said while collecting the win was nice, he was more pleased with the solid form his team is showing as they prepare for the national club championships next month.
"Our goal right now is to get ready for nationals in two weeks so it's good to see the finer details coming together before the trip," he said. "Set pieces are always important in that tournament and our delivery on the free kicks Sunday was excellent. It was good to see, but at the same time, I don't know if their defending on our pieces was all that great."
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