The Royals' undefeated streak came to an end this weekend as Douglas paid a visit to VIU, but a win on Saturday ensured that they would maintain sole possession of first in the conference after two weeks of play.
Saturday's game got off to a rocky start as the Mariners scored in the 12th minute through Maddy Dawson, but the jubilation from the home fans would be short-lived. Less than 15 minutes later, Taylor Wettig got her first of the season, and straight from kickoff, the Royals forced a turnover, stormed down the field and scored again to seize the lead. This time, it was Sofia Flores-Aguilera who got onto the scoresheet, less than a minute after Wettig had equalized.
The Mariners did not give up, as they came flying out of the gate with an offensive push that eventually saw Malorie Hanson pot the equalizing goal. But again, their hopes were dashed almost instantly as Mikayla Hamilton scored her third of the season to put the Royals in front once more. Chance after chance developed on both sides of the pitch, but Hamilton's goal would be the final one of the afternoon, as the Royals hung on to take the first match of the weekend 3-2.
In Sunday's game, the storyline was quite different. It was a cagey affair, with defence taking precedence over attack as neither side appeared willing to give an inch. In the end, it was the Mariners who would find a way through, and it took a moment of brilliance from Maddy Dawson to do it, unleashing a shot from outside the penalty area that found the upper 90 and fired VIU into the lead. After the go-ahead goal, the Mariners battened down the hatches and snuffed out any offensive moves the Royals tried to pull off. The game would end 1-0, as the back-to-back was split between the two sides. Despite the unbeaten streak coming to an end, the Royals sit alone atop the PACWEST on 7 points.
Next weekend, Douglas will play a home-and-home series with Capilano University. The home leg gets underway at 1PM in Coquitlam, and the away match will be played at noon in North Vancouver.