By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 29, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team cruised over the Manitoba Bisons 5-1 Saturday in Canada West action. The win pushes the Vikes’ undefeated record to 6-0-1, while the Bisons drop to 2-6-0.
The Vikes opened the scoring on a penalty kick finish by midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki (Coquitlam, BC) and followed it up witha goal from Nathalie Scharf (Salmon Arm, BC) and two goals from Sarah Douglas (London, ONT). An added own goal against the Bisons gave the Vikes the three points they needed to remain second in the Canada West standings behind Trinity Western.
The Bisons got on the board late in the second half on a near post header by third-year defender Sarah Haiko. The goal becomes the first goal against the Vikes since their 1-1 tie against the Alberta Pandas in their home opener, Sept. 14.
“After we missed the first penalty shot I was a bit worried,” said Tracy David, head coach of the Vikes women. “Credit to our team though we just kept going and going and were able to execute some of our attacking plays and get on the score board.”
In the 10th minute of play, the Vikes earned their first scoring opportunity off a Manitoba hand ball in the box. Second-year midfielder and Vikes leading goal scorer Emma Greig (Tofino, BC) stepped up to take the penalty shot but rang the ball low and off the left post to keep the game scoreless.
The Vikes women controlled the majority of the play continually testing Bisons keeper Chloe Werle, who was forced to handle several shots throughout the game.
At the 37th minute mark, Manitoba defender Gillian Sidon brought down Vikes midfielder Lindsay Hoetzel (Victoria, BC) just inside the 18-yard-box, sending the Vikes to the penalty spot for the second time in the game. Sawicki made no mistake breaking the scoring dead lock as her shot was well placed in the bottom left corner, giving the Vikes the 1-0 go ahead.
Sawicki generated the second goal for the Vikes off a paced cross from the right side that deflected off two Manitoba defenders and into the net. The own goal coming in the 41st minute lifted the Vikes up by two.
In the final minute of the half, corner specialist Hoetzel served a perfect ball into the six-yard-box for Scharf to head into the back of the net. Scharf’s goal boosted the Vikes 3-0 entering the break.
Second-half substitute Douglas did all the hard work down the left side to cross the ball to Tessa Margetts (Victoria, BC), who served it back across the goal mouth to Douglas to finish off for a 4-0 lead for the Vikes.
A minute following, fifth-year striker Alison Kastner sent a ball across the Vikes goal mouth for Sidon, whose header beat Vikes keeper Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, BC) but Sawicki was on the line to keep the Bisons off the board.
Two minutes following the Bisons’ opportunity, the Vikes earned a corner kick that was taken by Scharf and finished on a low one timer by Douglas for her second of the match. Douglas’ goals gave the Vikes the five goal advantage in the 52nd minute.
Bison defence led by second-year Molly Waite, Julie Lafreniere and Sidon held off several Vikes attacks and corner kicks but in the 67th minute, miscommunication allowed Douglas to feed first-year Vike Alexandra Wiebe (Ladner, BC) on a short break away. The Bisons recovered well to block the shot that had seemingly beat Bisons keeper Werle.
The Bisons did get on the board late in the second half off a Kastner corner kick that was headed in well by Haiko to break the shut out and close the gap to four.
The Vikes will regroup to head on the road and face Saskatchewan and Regina next weekend, Oct. 5-6, at 12 p.m. PST. Both games will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv