here.The entirety of the PACWEST conference sported rainbow laces this weekend in support of the United Soccer Coaches' Play With Pride week. The Royals women's team was the only PACWEST team to participate last year, but this season, all men's and women's teams in the conference took part, and more details and an interview with Royals assistant coach Kelsey Acaster can be found here.
Sadly, the Royals couldn't quite get it done on the pitch this weekend, as they lost a pair of 1-0 decisions despite strong performances in both games.
Saturday's trip to visit the Langara Falcons saw incredible defensive performances on both sides of the pitch. The Royals were the better team on offence, firing nine shots, seven of which were on target. But Sierra Greico had an incredible prformance between the sticks for Langara, stopping shot after shot. The score remained tied after 45, but 20 minutes into the second half, Giulia Repole scored her third of the season to put the Falcons up 1-0. The Royals continued to press forward and attack, but were stifled by the Langara defence, and the score remained 1-0 at the final whistle.
On Sunday the VIU Mariners visited the Royals in Coquitlam, and once again both teams were perfectly matched with each other. Both teams generated offence, both teams stifled the offence of their counterparts before it could lead to a goal. The game was heavily physical, and very tightly contested between the two sides. Once again, the Royals were rebuffed by an incredible performance from the opposing keeper, as Melanie Osborne earned her first clean sheet of the season with six stops. It seemed that the game would end without a goal from either side before Chloe Gummer's fantastic goal in the final minute of play, which put the Mariners on top.
The Royals play just once this weekend, paying another visit to Langara on Saturday at 12 PM.