Having started the season with a goose egg after two games, the Port Moody Gunners seemed to have turned the corner.
The Fraser Valley Soccer League team has since posted three straight wins, with two of those victories coming in commanding fashion last weekend after the premier league team defeated SFC Temple Reds 4-1 on Friday, and the Fraser Valley Red Devils 4-0 one day later.
"It's more a matter of us just breaking down the style we want to play and making sure everybody knows everybody's role so we function as a unit," Gunners coach Larry Moro said of the recent turnaround. "In the first couple of weeks, we just weren't there yet. We're playing the same system, but now we've just defined it more. It's all just come together."
Friday's contest against the Reds saw Port Moody up 3-0 before the first half was done on a pair of goals from Reece Miles and a single from Nima Ranji.
Daniel Bordignon upped the lead to 4-0 in the 55th minute, though Port Moody's clean sheet was ruined after a Reds player scored off a penalty kick late in the second half.
"We were the better team by far," Moro said. "We were moving the ball better all over the park. They were, perhaps, a little bit of an easier opponent, but it allowed us to build on our systems."
Port Moody's other weekend matchup followed a similar storyline, with the Gunners scoring on three of their first five shots to build an insurmountable gap over the Red Devils early on in the game.
The fourth goal, which came before the half was out, was more of an afterthought than anything else.
"We had to weather that 15-minute surge they had early in the second half, but we played real solid from back to front," Moro said. "We gave up very few chances and created lots of opportunities for ourselves."
Port Moody got a pair of goals from Ranji in the 4-0 win, while Chris Attadia and Miles netted the other markers.
Having outscored their opponents 12-1 in their last three contests, the Gunners now sit in fourth in the 10-team league with a 3-2 record.
"We've obviously had some success and the guys are buying into the style we want to play," Moro said. "They're getting more comfortable with their roles and in the last few weeks, we've been able to get those results."
PoCo FC, on the other hand, suffered its worst loss in years Friday, when the club was dismantled by a 6-0 count at the hands of the first-place Westcoast FC Selects.
The club did save face a few days later by playing to a 1-1 draw with Magnuson Ford United. Conor Cregg-Guinan netted the lone goal for PoCo, a club now sitting in seemingly foreign territory with a 1-3-1 record that leaves them in eighth place.
In Vancouver Metro Soccer League play, the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves played to a 3-3 draw on Saturday with the floundering tenth-place Vancouver Olympics.
Though faced with a considerable hole and down 3-0 at the half, the Wolves did mount a furious second-half comeback to salvage a point on the day.
The Coquitlam crew got on the board in the 65th minute when Adam Day first broke up the shutout, though his second marker in the 80th minute gave Coquitlam some legs, and some life.
Fast forward to the dying moments of the game, and youth soccer call-up Giovanni Carida netted the tying goal off a seeing-eye cross from Carson Gill. The draw keeps the Wolves in the eighth place, with a 1-2-2 record.
PoCo FC clubmates Columbus FC were duped Saturday in a surprise 2-0 loss to the upstart Estrella de Chile team.
The newly promoted Chilean club got goals in the 35th and 60th minutes in the win, which sees Columbus fall to fourth place with a 2-2-1 record.