2011 Men’s Soccer Year in Review

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Ali Lee

The men’s soccer team had an incredible campaign from August to November, when they captured their fifth Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy. In pre-season, the Vikes were undefeated with five wins and one tie against the local league teams as well as Peninsula College and the VIU Mariners. Head coach #Bruce Wilson# had a squad of 27 to work with and used the Canada West season to highlight his final 18-man roster for the CIS national championships.

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With the automatic berth, the Vikes knew that their placing in the Canada West would only affect their seeding going into nationals. The men started out with a rough 4-0 loss to the UBC Thunderbirds, who then went on to be undefeated in nine consecutive games. The Vikes then lost to the powerhouse TWU Spartans. Rebounding back, the Vikes tied Alberta and then went on to go 12 games undefeated, pushing them into the top seed for Canada West Final Four.

Despite boasting a number of fourth-and fifth-year players, the Vikes had some excellent performances from rookies Cam Hundal (Surrey, BC), Craig Gorman (Victoria, BC) and Thomas Mallette (Trail, BC). As well, the Vikes had the one-two punch of goalkeepers Daniel Kilpatrick (Victoria, BC) and Elliot Mitrou (Victoria, BC). Kilpatrick battled illness mid-way through the season and missed six games but Mitrou was solid earning three straight shutouts at the end of September.

Newly converted defender Gavin Barrett (Richmond, BC) was a consistent holdfast in the backfield for the Vikes along with Bobby Eng (Richmond, BC) and David Adams (Surrey, BC).

The Vikes’ biggest weekend in the regular season came on Oct. 15 the Vikes defeated the No. 3 ranked Trinity Western Spartans 3-2. The next day, the Vikes defeated the UBC Thunderbirds, at the time ranked No. 1 in the CIS, by a score of 1-0. That weekend pushed the Vikes into the CIS Top ten polls at No. 8, where they continued to move up to No. 5 the next week and No. 3 the following week.

With the first place finish in the standings, the Vikes hosted the Canada West Final Four featuring UBC, TWU and Alberta. The Vikes lost to Alberta 2-1, losing their chance for the Canada West banner. In that game, the team also lost solid defender, Eng, who injured in the conference semifinal and missed the remainder of the season. Following, the Vikes defeated Trinity Western 1-0 to earn the Bronze medal.

At the CIS National Championships, the Vikes had an epic battle to the top of the podium. With over 2100 fans in Centennial Stadium, the Vikes defeated the Montreal Carabins in the quarter-finals. That game was 1-1 in regular time, 1-1 in overtime and then 4-2 in penalty kicks. #Gavin Barrett# scored in regular time, overtime and on his penalty kick but it was brother Wesley Barrett (Richmond, BC) and his penalty kick that finished off the game with the win.

In the semifinals, the Vikes had another tight game against the Cape Breton Capers. The Vikes scored early thanks to Peter Richmond (Victoria, BC) and then traded goals with CBU until Gorman finished some solid individual efforts from Hundal down the right side for the game winner.

In the final, the Vikes were unstoppable, defeating the Saint Mary’s Huskies 3-1 with a Wes Barrett 30-yarder and two goals from tournament MVP Hundal. Captain James Rhodes (Victoria, BC) hoisted UVic’s fifth CIS banner as the team doused coach Wilson with a bucket of ice water to celebrate the team’s success.

TEAM FACTS

Head Coach: Bruce Wilson (24th Season)

Assistant Coaches: Nico Craveiro, Justin Manz, Josh Leins

Team Captains: James Rhodes, Miguel Romeo, David Adams, Gavin Barrett

2012-13 Key returnees: D Gavin Barrett, M Lucas Barrett, D Toshi Hayashi, D Wes Barrett, F Jordie Oberg, M David Adams, F Craig Taylor, M Thomas Mallette, M. Cam Hundal, M Craig Gorman, GK Elliot Mitrou

2012-13 Key departures: D Colin Wilson, D Joel Gomez, F Peter Richmond, M Miguel Romeo, M Kyle Kostis, M Corey Sanford, D James Rhodes, GK Daniel Kilpatrick

CIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (5): 1975, 1987, 1996, 2004, 2011

CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS (6): 1987, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009

CIS COACH OF THE YEAR (2): 1991, 1996

CANADA WEST COACH OF THE YEAR (9): 1991, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011

RANKINGS / HISTORY

2011 CIS ranking: 1st

2011 Canada West Ranking: 3rd

2010 CIS ranking: N/A

2010 Canada West ranking: missed playoffs (6th in conference standings)

Last CIS title: 2011

Last Canada West title: 2009

2011 MAJOR AWARDS

Canada West First Team All-Stars: GK Elliot Mitrou, D Gavin Barrett, M Craig Gorman

Canada West Second Team All-Stars: M Cam Hundal

Major Award Winners: Cam Hundal (Rookie of the Year), Bruce Wilson (Coach of the Year), UVic Vikes (Fair Play Award)

CIS Second Team All-Canadians: D Gavin Barrett, GK Elliot Mitrou

CIS Tournament MVP: Cam Hundal

CIS Tournament XI: Cam Hundal, Gavin Barrett, Andrew Ravenhill

SEASON RECORD

Conference: 10-2-2

Playoffs: 1-1

CIS Championship: 3-0

UVIc Varsity Council Awards

September: Men’s Soccer (team of the Month), Gavin Barrett (Male Athlete of the Month)

CANADA WEST HIGHLIGHTS

• Craig Gorman tied for 3rd with 10 pts in 14 games

• Craig Gorman scored 7 goals in 14 games

• Elliot Mitrou 1st in GAA (0.67) and Sv% (.897) and had 5 Shutouts

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONOURS

11/01/2011 – Craig Gorman (Canada West)

11/15/2011 – Cam Hundal (Canada West & CIS)

WEEKLY CIS TOP 10 POLLS

10/18/2011 – UVic #8

10/25/2011 – UVic #5

11/01/2011 – UVic #3

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