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Mariners fall to Vancouver 3-1

May 28, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Burnaby, British Columbia -- It seemed that David Castellanos' goal in the 16th minute was a good start for the Virginia Beach Mariners (1-7-3) Friday night. The team was playing its second game in three days and it was the first time all season that Vancouver (4-0-2) had to play from behind. But play from behind they did, scoring three times in the next 67 minutes to win 3-1.

Vancouver's Tino Cucca tied the match in the 30th minute and the half ended in a draw. But the Whitecaps came out strong in the second half recording goals by Jason Jordan in the 52nd minute and four minutes later Steve Klein also found the back of the net.

The Mariners certainly had their chances, recording seven shots on goal. Three shots came in the final five minutes forcing Vancouver goalkeeper Mike Franks off his line and into making diving saves. Mariners' newly acquired forward John Barry Nusum made an immediate impact when he entered the game for Ukah in the 69th minute, taking two quality shots in a one minute span and Hamisi Amani-Dove threatened as well.

The Mariners took the field without leading scorer Darren Caskey and starters Jakob Fenger, and Teafore Bennett who could not travel to Canada due to visa issues. Forward Kevon Harris also stayed behind. Starting defender Steve Shak also sat out due to a red card received Wednesday night in Seattle.

The Mariners travel to Portland, Oregon Saturday night to face the 3-0-2 Timbers. Caskey, Shak, Fenger, Harris and Bennett will be available to play in Portland. The team flies home to Virginia Beach on Sunday night.

Virginia Beach returns home to the Sportsplex Saturday night, June 4, to take on Seattle at 7:30 p.m. The Seattle game will feature Soccer Moms/Ladies Night and all Soccer Moms/Ladies will be admitted free when accompanied by another paying adult or child. At halftime, the Soccer Ladies will take the field for an exhibition match and there will be ball moms on the sidelines during the Mariners' match.

For any information about the Virginia Beach Mariners, to purchase game tickets, or if you like to be a ball mom on June 4, please call 430-9800.

Scoring: Virginia Beach (Castellanos 16); Vancouver (Cucca 30, Jordan 52, Klein 56)

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