Vikes Soccer on track to qualify for Canada West playoffs

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

October 4, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – Both the men’s and women’s University of Victoria Vikes soccer teams are well on track to earning their spot to compete at the Canada West play offs.

This weekend, the Vikes men will play a home-and-home series with the Fraser Valley Cascades, with the first game on the road on Oct. 5 at 7:15 p.m. and the second on Oct. 7 at Centennial Stadium at 2:15 p.m. The Vikes women will be on the road visiting the Saskatchewan Huskies on Oct. 5 and the Regina Cougars on Oct. 7. Both the women’s games will kick off at 11 a.m.

The Vikes women moved up in the CIS rankings to the No. 5 spot following the Oct. 2 coaches polls. Under head coach, Tracy David, the deep UVic side has been on a six game win streak since their home opener tie against the Alberta Pandas on Sept. 7. The Vikes lead the Canada West standings in goals for (42) largely in part to second-year striker Emma Greig (Tofino, BC). Greig has netted three hat tricks to total 11 goals in six games.

Midfielder Lindsay Hoetzel (Victoria, BC) and rookie Sarah Douglas (London, ONT) have also been large contributors on the park, as both have tallied six goals to date. Veteran goalkeeper Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, BC) has started all six games of the season, allowing only one goal against.

The Vikes women will face the Cougars and Huskies, ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Canada West. Saskatchewan holds a 3-3 record after dropping 4-0 and 3-0 decisions to UBC and Trinity Western during the Sept. 28-29 weekend. Regina is also looking to bounce back after conceding losses to the T-Birds and Spartans.

The Vikes women have already secured their spot to compete in the Canada West play offs and are now looking to top the regular season standings and earning hosting rights to the Final Four tournament, set for Nov. 3-4, the weekend prior to Victoria hosting the CIS National championship.

The Vikes men’s soccer team is coming off a six-point weekend after downing two top-10 CIS teams. The Vikes came away with wins against the Alberta Golden Bears and the Saskatchewan Huskies. This weekend, Oct. 5 and Oct. 7, the Vikes will play a home-and-home series against the Fraser Valley Cascades, who have a 1-2-3 record and are fourth in the Pacific Division of the Canada West.

The Vikes men are led by midfielders Cameron Stokes (Richmond, B.C.) and Craig Taylor (Victoria, B.C.), who each have three goals, as well as 2011 Canada West all-star Craig Gorman (Victoria, B.C.), who has two goals so far this season. Goalkeeper and 2011 CIS All-Canadian Elliot Mitrou (Victoria, B.C.) has started five of the six games so far this season and earned the two shut outs against the top-ranked Golden Bears and Huskies last weekend, Sept. 28-29.

The Vikes men are now in the race for securing a top-three finish in the Pacific Division to seal their spot at the Canada West play offs. The Final Six tournament will be played Nov. 1-4, prior to the CIS national championships being hosted at Laval from Nov. 8-11.

Below is a schedule for this weekend. All games will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv

Vikes Soccer Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 5: Men’s Soccer @ Fraser Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Women’s Soccer @ Saskatchewan, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7: Women’s Soccer @ Regina, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7: Men’s Soccer vs. Fraser Valley, 2:15 p.m. (Centennial Stadium)

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