Oak Bay hope to crack Colonist Cup final

Oak Bay hosts a Colonist Cup quarterfinal against the winner of Stelly's vs. Reynolds on Thursday (Oct. 27) at 3 p.m.

It took Etienne Boisvert five shots before he scored his first goal in Oak Bay’s 11-0 win over the Belmont Bulldogs on Oct. 18.

At that point, Boisvert was pulled. It was his sixth goal in five matches and it was only 20 minutes into the game.

Despite a significant disparity between the top and bottom teams of the Lower Island high school boys soccer league, the Oak Bay Bays know they need to keep focused and play as hard as they can.

“It’s been four years since a Colonist Cup (city championship).  We want to win one, and we believe we can take the B.C.’s too,” Boisvert said.

Oak Bay hosts a Colonist Cup quarterfinal against the winner of Stelly’s vs. Reynolds on Thursday (Oct. 27) at 3 p.m. while Glenlyon Norfolk School and Reynolds play in the other quarterfinal at GNS, 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The winners will play against Claremont and Lambrick, the latter having clinched spots in the Colonist Cup semifinals at UVic on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.

Boisvert, a Grade 12 student, is part of a core on his team that also play for the Vancouver Island Wave U18 team in the new B.C. High Performance League along with Scott Jones (co-captain), Ryan Postle, Daiki Hashimoto and Nick  Woodcock.

Throw into that mix Kalen Scott, back from the Whitecaps residency program, and co-captain Brodie Keefe, who plays for the Gordon Head U21 men’s team, and it’s clear this year’s Bays have the talent to redeem themselves after finishing behind last year’s top boys teams, the Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons and Claremont Spartans, in the battle for the city championship.

In the Colonist Cup shield playoffs, St. Andrews plays at Mount Douglas and Spectrum plays at St. Michaels, 3 p.m. kickoffs Nov. 1.