Royals' title hopes dashed

The Douglas Royals men's soccer team's hopes for a national title were dashed in dramatic style Thursday.

The Vancouver Island Mariners got a last minute goal on a header from defender Dan Cato to defeat the Royals 2-1 in the semifinals of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship in Coquitlam.

The Royals had beaten the Mariners in league play as well as 3-0 in the Pacwest Conference final two weeks ago.

Forward Javid Khan scored the goal for Douglas, which was relegated to competing to reach the third-place game with the loss. They were to play the Garneau Elans from Quebec on Friday with the winner going for third and the loser playing for fifth.

VIU advance to Saturday's final, 5 p.m., against Ontario's Humber College Hawks.

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