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By Ali Lee, UVic Communications, Photos by Chad Hipolito – ISN

September 29, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Both the UVic Vikes men’s and women’s soccer teams came up winners Friday, the men with a 1-0 win over top ranked Alberta, and the women with an 11-0 thumping of Winnipeg.

In men’s action, the Vikes ended the Alberta Golden Bears winning streak. Second-year midfielder Craig Gorman (Victoria, B.C.) converted on a penalty kick to boost the Vikes over the No. 1-ranked CIS team.

The Vikes and Bears played to a scoreless first half despite both teams having dangerous opportunities. In both ends, the goalkeepers did their part, as Vikes net minder Elliot Mitrou (Victoria, B.C.) put up five saves on six shots, while in the other end veteran keeper Jay Vetsch made two very important saves on the Vikes’ five shots.

UVIC Vikes Thomas Mallette leads with the ball as Alberta Golden Bears Cameron Schmidt tries to pull him back as the Vikes win 1-0 at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, BC Friday September 28, 2012 . Chad Hipolito/Island Sport News

“Alberta is always a good team and very organized,” said Bruce Wilson, head coach of the Vikes men. “I thought we played really well and give credit to us. We have a couple of bad results lately but not necessarily bad games.”

First half play edged slightly in favour of the Bears, as physical play from veteran defenders Osmo Bimba and Scott Gilroy proved to be tough for the Vikes to break past.

The Vikes had their best chance in the 17th minute when Cameron Stokes (Richmond, B.C.) crossed a ball from the right side to Craig Gorman, who made great contact and volleyed the ball on target. The shot forced a quick reaction out of Vetsch, whose touch directed the ball hard off the cross bar.

UVIC Vikes Craig Gorman and Alberta Golden Bears Osmo Bimba hold each other back from the ball during a, Vikes win, 1-0, at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, BC Friday September 28, 2012 . Chad Hipolito/Island Sport News

Play continued in both ends as Stokes, Gorman and midfielder Cam Hundal (Terrace, B.C. ) continued to run the Alberta back line but were unable to capitalize. In the other end, a number of offensive threats led by veterans Marcus Johnstone and Zenon Markevych continued to challenge Vikes defender Bobby Eng (Richmond, B.C.), David Adams (Surrey, B.C.) and Gavin Barrett (Richmond, B.C.).

Following the scoreless first half, the Vikes came out with some speed led by Hundal. In the 50th minute, Hundal forced Johnstone to foul and earn a yellow caution. Less than four minutes later, Hundal was hauled down in the box by Alberta’s Niko Saler. Saler received the caution and the Vikes went to the penalty spot, where Gorman made no mistake to give the fives the go-ahead 1-0.

Alberta Golden Bears Cameron Schmidt, left, and UVIC Vikes Thomas Mallette try to play the ball off the referee during a Vikes win, 1-0, at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, BC Friday September 28, 2012 . Chad Hipolito/Island Sport News

Both teams continued to press each other but Gorman’s goal remained the lone tally on th eboard despite more than six minutes of added time being played at the end regulation time.

“It’s a huge win after four games of dropped points,” said Vikes keeper Mitrou, who earned his first shut out of the season. “To win at home against the No. 1-ranked team in the country is huge for us. Being on the road definitely takes its toll on us, energy wise, so being at home is one of the biggest advantages we could ask for.”

The defending national champions become the first team in the 2012 Canada West season to serve the Golden Bears a loss and improve to 3-3-1, while the Bears drop to 5-1-0.

UVIC Vikes players celebrate a goal over the Alberta Golden Bears winning the game 1-0 at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, BC Friday September 28, 2012 . Chad Hipolito/Island Sport News

The Vikes will face the Saskatchewan Huskies tomorrow, Sept. 29 at 7:15 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. The Huskies drew 2-2 in Friday action with Fraser Valley and are currently 5-0-1.

Greig Nets Three in Win Over Winnipeg

In women’s action, Vikes second-year forward Emma Greig (Tofino, BC) netted her third hat trick of the season as the Vikes improve their record to 5-0-1.

The Vikes women paced the Wesmen with several players contributing to the scoreboard including midfielder Lindsay Hoetzel (Victoria, BC), who pocketed two to bring her season total to six. Also contributing to the board was Jacqueline Harrison (Whitehorse, YT), Jaclyn Sawicki (Coquitlam, BC) and Sarah Douglas (London, ONT), who each had two.

Canada West and CIS new comers, the Winnipeg Wesmen, battled back from an 8-0 first-half defecit to hold off the Vikes 3-0 in the final 45 minutes of play. Rookie keeper Kim Gudmandson landed hard after a dive in the first half and had to be replaced by second year defender Janelle Comte for the remainder of the game.

“Emma is a very, very good striker,” said Tracy David, Vikes women’s soccer head coach. “I think great strikers are strikers that can score against the best teams so, that will be the challenge moving forward. I definitely think she can do it.”

The Vikes opened the scoring in the 7th minute of play when solid work down the right hand side of the pitch by Tessa Margetts allowed her to send a flat cross in front of Goodmansun. Harrison made the touch in to put the Vikes up 1-0. Only one minute later, Margetts was able to find Emma Greig inside the six-yard-box. Greig cut the ball back to Hoetzel, for her fifth of the season, to give the Vikes a comfortable 2-0 lead early in the game.

Following the Vikes’ third goal by Sawicki in the 16th minute, Winnipeg striker Chelsea Kwasnicki gained an opportunity off of a Brigitte Greig (Parksville, BC) turnover.Kwasnicki’s shot was wide and well-watched by Vikes keeper Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, BC).

In the 19th minute of play, defender Carly Branion-Calles (Richmond, BC) served a long cross into the box for Emma Greig, who got good air and headed the ball solidly in the back of the net to send the Vikes up by four.

The Wesmen had their best chance in the 44th minute, when Kwasnicki did well against two Vikes defenders and had a clean shot on goal that seemed to beat Parker. Fortunately, the Branion-Calles was in good position to clear the ball of the goal line.

The Vikes retaliated with two goals in the final minute of the first period to enter the break with an 8-0 lead.

Following the break, second-half substitute Douglas netted two goals in the final minutes of play to bring the final score to 11-0 in favour of the Vikes women.

“We are so fortunate that we are able to have the players on the bench that we have,” said David after making seven substitutions at the half. “We switch a lot of people after the half and it’s great to see that we get much of the same pace out there.”

The Vikes continue their undefeated streak and will take on the University of Manitoba tomorrow, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.