By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – The University of Fraser Valley Cascades edged the UVic Vikes men’s soccer team 1-0, thanks to a second-half goal from Cascades midfielder Dustin Wallington. The Vikes out-shot the Cascades 28-0 but were unable to capitalize.
From the opening whistle, the Vikes poured on the pressure with strong offensive presence from captain James Rhodes (Victoria, BC) and CIS National championship tournament MVP, Cam Hundal(Surrey, BC). In the 17th minute, Rhodes almost notched one but the Cascades keeper was strong between the pipes, even picking off the sure-rebound chance taken by Craig Taylor (Victoria, BC).
The Vikes continued to dominate in pressure with chances coming consistently for midfield rookie Craig Gorman (Victoria, BC) and Rhodes. Hundal continued to feed balls into the six-yard-box but the Vikes were unsuccessful at getting on the board. At the half, the score remained at 0-0 with the Vikes out-shooting the Cascades 14-5.
Eager to score, both teams became more and more physical, with a yellow card caution being awarded only three minutes into the second half to Cascades’ Brian Davis. Late-substitute and striker Thomas Mallette (Trail, BC), of UVic, turned up the offensive heat and combined well with Hundal.
Finally, in the 80th minute, Arian Asgari’s corner kick found Wallington to give Fraser Valley the 1-0 lead despite heavy momentum in UVic’s favour. Only two minutes later, Hundal was given an open opportunity to tie the game but his shot was well-saved.
The Vikes and Cascades exchanged several shots until the final whistle, allowing Wallington’s lone goal to send Fraser Valley to the Keg Spring Cup finals against Trinity Western, Mar. 25 at 4:00 p.m.
UVIC: 0 – 0: 0
UFV: 0 -1: 1
UFV Goal Scorer: Dustin Wallington (80′)