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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

September 13, 2012, VICTORIA, BC (ISn) – Both the UVic Vikes Men’s and Women’s soccer teams hit the road this weekend for CIS action, with the men travelling to Trinity Western and UBC, while the women travel to Prince George to face UNBC.

Men’s Soccer

On Sept. 7, in front of over 2,300 fans, the University of Victoria men’s soccer team kicked off their season in spectacular fashion with a 3-1 win over CIS newcomers University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. On the following night of the doubleheader the Vikes upped the score by five to finish with an 8-0 victory, taking a weekend total of six points for the two wins. This weekend will see the Vikes travelling to the mainland to take on the Trinity Western Spartans and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Ranked by preseason coaches’ polls as number one in the nation, the Vikes are heading into their second weekend of competition and will travel to both Trinity Western University and the University of British Columbia to take on the Spartans (1-0-1) and the Thunderbirds (2-0-0). The Spartans had a rollercoaster weekend in which they beat Lethbridge 2-0 on Friday night but were deadlocked 1-1 the following evening against Calgary. The Thunderbirds are coming off of a six-point weekend of their own with a 3-0 win over Calgary on Friday and an all-too familiar 8-0 conquest over the Pronghorns on Saturday.

The Vikes will look to dynamic second-year Cam Hundal (Terrace, B.C. ) to generate opportunity on the left wing while midfielder Craig Taylor (Victoria, B.C.), who has netted a goal a game, will be relied on to break through the middle of the pitch. Additionally, solid defensive-line performances by captains David Adams (Surrey, B.C.) and Wesley Barrett (Richmond, B.C.), in conjunction with goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou (Victoria, B.C.), will be counted on to shut down any attack generated by the Spartans and the ‘Birds.

The Vikes play Trinity Western University at 6:00 p.m. on Friday in Langley and will take on UBC under the lights the following evening at 8:00 p.m. in Vancouver. Both games will be streamed live and can be watched at http://uvic.canadawest.tv/.

Women’s Soccer

The University of Victoria women’s soccer team finished their first weekend of competition with a decisive 5-0 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars on Sept. 8. The previous night saw the Vikes taking two points from the CIS number five ranked Alberta Pandas with a 1-1 draw. The Vikes travel to Prince George this weekend to play CIS newcomers University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.

The UNBC women’s soccer team will be the first in their school’s history to play a CIS game on home turf when the Vikes take on the Timberwolves this Saturday. Last weekend, in the first weekend of their CIS campaign, the UNBC women played a scoreless game against the University of Winnipeg and the following day lost 8-0 against the University of Manitoba Bisons.

The Vikes play UNBC Sept. 15 at 12:00 p.m. in Prince George, B.C. The game will be streamed live through http://uvic.canadawest.tv.