By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 6, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Vikes women’s soccer were served their first loss of the season on Saturday. The Vikes, currently ranked No. 5 in the CIS, dropped a 2-1 decision to the Saskatchewan Huskies, which broke UVic’s seven-game undefeated streak.
The upset drops the Vikes’ record to 6-1-1 and remain in third place in the Canada West, while the Huskies advance to a 4-3-0 record, good for seventh in the conference.
The Vikes dominated in pressure in the opening half and got the go-ahead goal from midfielder Jacqueline Harrison (Whitehorse, YT). The goal was Harrison’s fifth for the season and the assist was credited to Tessa Margetts (Victoria, BC). Fifth-year Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, BC) played the full 90 minutes for the Vikes between the pipes.
Rookie striker Jenelle Zapski scored the game-tying goal for the Huskies in the 62nd minute, while second-year Megan Schenher netted the game winner with three minutes left on the board. Third-year keeper Marissa Struik earned the shut out and recorded four saves.
The Vikes opened play with a series of attacks beginning with Harrison having a shot just wide of the goal in the second minute of play. The Vikes struggled to capitalize as Harrison hit the crossbar in the 5th minute of play and were not able to score off a flurry of Lindsay Hoetzel (Victoria, BC) corner kicks. Finally, in the 35th minute, Margetts made a long rund own the left side of the field and was able to find Harrisonin front of the net for the first goal of the game and the 1-0 score remained entering the break.
In the second half, the Vikes continued their offensive pressure as rookie Emma Greig (Tofino, BC) threw several attempts at goal that were well saved by Struik. Against the flow, Saskatchewan’s Zapski capitalized on a ball from Erica Parenteau to get her second goal of the season and tie the game 1-1.
In the 87th minute, Huskies midfielder Schenher scored her first of the season with the set-up pass coming from Lindsay Manz. Despite the 2-1 loss, the Vikes remain third in Canada West and currently hold the final qualifying spot for the conference playoffs, Nov. 1-4.
Regardless, the Vikes women have already secured their spot at the CIS national championships as the tournament hosts from Nov. 8-11 at Centennial Stadium.
Up next, the Vikes will travel to the University of Regina, Oct. 7, to play the Cougars (5-2-0) at 11 a.m. PST, while the Huskies will host Fraser Valley (5-2-1).