PCSL Mariners lose out in second straight league final

By Dan Marshall
August 4, 2017 - 12:20pm

NANAIMO — The Mid-Ilse Mariners of the Pacific Coast Soccer League made it to the championship game last weekend.
It's the second time in as many years they've come one win short of a title.
Vancouver United won the Challenge Cup with a 3-1 decision in Port Moody. 
Getting to that level back to back is an amazing accomplishment but team spokesman Bill Merriman says it's also heartbreaking.
"It's a little frustrating to lose again in the final. Overall I was pleased with the way our team played, but we came up against a team that was just a little hungrier than us," said Merriman.
In 2017 the Mariners exceeded expectations after turning over a lot of players form the previous year.
Several members of the PCSL squad are also prospects or returning players at VIU so Merriman sees the summer soccer season as a springboard into PACWEST play at the university level in September.
There isn't much of a break now with the first league game for the VIU Mariners September 9.
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