T-Birds Send Vikes Soccer to 0-2 on Road Trip

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

September 16, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team grinded out 68 minutes of play before conceding the lone goal that gave the UBC Thunderbirds a 1-0 edge in front of a large home crowd on Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. The Vikes now drop to 2-2-0 in the Canada West Pacific Division standings.

The Thunderbirds capitalized in the 68th minute when UBC midfielder Milad Mehrabi blasted a shot to the top right hand corner from nearly 20 yards out.

The Vikes were looking to retaliate after their 3-1 loss the previous day to Trinity Western but were unable to come out on top. The 0-2 road trip is a revisit to the 2011 season, when the Vikes lost both games to UBC and Trinity Western in their second week of play before going 12 games in the Canada West undefeated and eventually winning the CIS national title.

The Birds had the first go at net when UBC’s Gagandeep Donsanjh fired a shot at net only two minutes into the game. Vikes keeper Elliot Mitrou (Victoria, B.C.) reacted fast and tipped it just over the crossbar. Dosanjh tested the Vikes backline in the 22nd minute of play, this time getting the ball across the goal and past Mitrou, but UBC’s Kent O’Connor was unable to finish on the play.

The Vikes put up 11 total shots, six of which were on goal, compared to UBC’s 12 shots – three of which were on target.

Frustrated and unable to score, Vikes players Andrew Ravenhill (Victoria, B.C.) and Spencer MacKinnon (Abbotsford, B.C.) both received yellow card cautions in the 74th and 77th minute, respectively.

The mainland battles sends the Vikes men to 2-2-0 in Canada West standings. The Vikes will compete next weekend, Sept. 22-23, against both Calgary and Lethbridge. Those games will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.