By Vikes Communications
With the Vikes women playing host to the nation’s top CIS competitors in November, there is no doubt that the team will be working towards repeating a home CIS soccer victory, after the Vikes men last season.
In 2011, the young Vikes side went 0-2 in the post-season playoff round and missed the opportunity to compete at the CIS Championship. The Vikes will have some help with former Vikes and national championship winner Janelle Smith (Vernon, B.C.) returning to the midfield line-up for her fifth season, as she pursues her master’s degree.
Amongst the key returnees is third year midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki (Coquitlam, B.C.), fresh off the heels of a stint with the Under-20 Canadian national team that competed at the FIFA Under-20 Junior World Cup in Japan. The 2011 Canada West All-Star and CIS second team All-Canadian led the CIS last season in assists.
Additionally, veteran midfielder Jacqueline Harrison (Whitehorse, Yukon) and fifth year goalkeeper Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, B.C.) will be key anchors in the Vikes’ defensive game. Alongside Sawicki in the midfield, Harrison is a dominant playmaker in the middle of the pitch while Parker brings consistency between the pipes and solid leadership to the squad.
Amongst the freshman to watch is forward Sarah Douglas (London, ONT.), a regular starter with the Victoria-based Prospect Super 20 Highlanders team. In addition to their talented starting line-up, the Vikes will have plenty of depth this year coming off the bench with rookies Samantha Lee (Victoria, B.C.) and Alexandra Wiebe (Ladner, B.C.).
The Vikes will open their Canada West season at home, in Centennial Stadium, on Sept. 7 against Alberta and Sept. 8 against Mount Royal. Both games will take place at 5 p.m. PST and will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv
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SCOUTING THE ALBERTA PANDAS
2011 CW Record: 9-4-1 (2nd in CW, 5th in CIS)
Last Weekend: N/A
Last Meeting: UVic 0 Alberta 1 (Sept. 17, 2011)
The Alberta Pandas enter the 2012 season as 2011 conference silver medallists and boast eight returning starters along with head coach Liz Jepsen, who enters her eighth season. The Pandas will rely on fifth years Elise Emmott and Carleigh Miller in the midfield, Amanda Black up front, as well as goalie Kelti Biggs. The seniors helped the 2011 Pandas team to 30 conference goals in 14 games last year. The Pandas graduated striker Heather Lund, who notched 28 conference goals, the highest in Pandas history. Freshmen Kelsey Mitchell, Kate Wilkinson, Fallon Dickie and Terri Kutryk are expected to make an immediate impact in the line up. Mitchell is a transfer and 2011 ACAC champion, while Wilkinson is a transfer from the NCAA. Both Dickie and Kutryk formerly trained at the National Team center and will push Alberta’s starting 11.
SCOUTING THE MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS
2011 CW Record: N/A
Last Weekend: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
The addition of Mount Royal to the Canada West in the Fall of 2012 increases the women’s soccer division to a record 13 participating schools. Mount Royal joins the Canada West from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), where the Cougars amassed eight championship titles between 1995 and 2004.