A heartbreaking home loss and a scrappy away win ensured that the Douglas women's soccer team would stay first in the PACWEST conference after three weeks of play.
Saturday's game saw the Royals dominate the pitch, but were unable to garner a result from their great performance. The first shot across the bow came in the sixth minute from Sofia Flores-Aguilera, who received a pass from Mikayla Hamilton and got a great shot off that was desperately cleared off the line by a Blues defender. Ten minutes later, Hamilton got her own opportunity off a Mikaela Montagano through-ball, but that to was dealt with by Darian Roussy. Montagano had an excellent game, both creating and taking several excellent chances, but was unable to break through. The finest Royals chance came in the sixty-ninth minute when a corner delivered by Sam Kell was headed perfectly by Taylor Wettig towards the far corner, but Roussy was again equal to the task. As the game wound down, Claire Ye finally broke the deadlock with a half volley off of a corner kick to put Capilano up 1-0. With less than 10 minutes to play, the Royals pushed forward for an equalizer, but the Blues held the fort to take the weekend-opening game.
Sunday's game was a mirror image of the weekend's first match. The opening half saw chance after chance from both sides, but the scoreboard once again read 0-0 after 45 minutes. It was Mikayla Hamilton who broke the deadlock an hour into the match, putting the Royals up by a goal to nil. From there, Douglas went on the defensive, trying to push back against a relentless Blues attack. Just as on Saturday, the leading team successfully snuffed out all attempts at an equalizer, and the Royals held on to split the weekend with Capilano.
The Royals are still top of the PACWEST conference with 10 points, 2 ahead of second-place Langara. Douglas visits Langara next Saturday at 12, before hosting VIU Sunday at 1.