By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 8, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team scathed away with a 1-1 tie against the Calgary Dinos on Sunday. The Vikes, who guaranteed their berth to Nationals with the win on Oct. 6, now move to a 3-2-1 record, while the Dinos end their season with a 0-5-1 record.
Though the Vikes women held the majority of the possession, it was not until the 68th minute that first-year Amanda Kurianowicz (Calgary, AB) put the Vikes on the board. The goal came after Vikes keeper Sheriden Goodmanson (Victoria, BC) was pulled to give the Vikes 11 field players for the attack.
For the Dinos, a second half goal by rookie Nadia Izzo in the 39th minute gave Calgary the edge until the final minutes of the game. The tie gives the Calgary squad their first point of the season despite finishing short of qualifying for the CIS national championship.
“Today was definitely a learning lesson for our girls,” said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft. “We pulled our goalie at the end of the game and we know we can still compete without a goalie behind us. I think today we didn’t play as well together. It was a bit too much north-south hockey and we weren’t using each other as well. It was a good learning lesson though.”
Both the Vikes and Dinos showcase over 10 rookies on their squads, justifying the even play from both ends. The Dinos were the first to make a move towards goal as fourth-year Keara Chicquen broke through the Vikes back line in the 5th minute of play. Chicquen appeared to be alone in on the Vikes keeper but speedy Vikes defender Lizzie Yates (Cobble Hill, BC) caught up in time to steal the ball at the top of the circle.
The Dinos pressed again in the 9th minute when captain Carolina Romeo fed Dinos forward Izzo whose deflection landed on the stick of Claire Beaton. Beaton had a quick shot on her reverse that skidded just wide of the goal mouth.
The remainder of the first half continued in the Dinos favour as the visitors earned a series of penalty corners that they were unable to capitalize on. The Dinos’ best chance came on a corner in the 23rd minute that Romeo sent a low drag flick on target. Vikes keeper Goodmanson made the save with an out-stretched left toe to keep the Dinos at bay.
The Vikes had their best chance of the opening half in the 30th minute when a shot by Kurianowicz was on target but in an attempt to help the ball, forward Emily Fisher deflected it wide of the net. The 0-0 scoreline remained at the half.
In the second half, the Vikes were caught on their heals when Calgary capitalized off a scramble in front of the UVic net. Izzo tapped in a pass from Chicquen to get the Dinos on the board and up 1-0 in the 39th minute.
Bouncing back, the Vikes seemed to hem the Dinos in their own end for the second half and were unlucky not to pocket a few goals as the young UVic side tallied four short corners, while the Dinos struggled to break into the UVic 25-yard area.
The Vikes continued to penetrate the Dinos’ circle but Calgary’s central defender Romeo was a continual wall for the UVic women. Romeo picked off passes, stepped up to intercept and blocked several Vikes attempts.
In the final three minutes of the game, Beecroft pulled Goodmanson from goal to give the Vikes an extra field player advantage. The action paid off as the Vikes capitalized in the 68th minute of play when captain Kyla Kirby (Victoria, BC) slipped a pass to Kurianowicz at the stroke mark. Kurianowicz turned and rolled the ball pass Dinos keeperSydney Hamm for the lone Vikes goal of the game.
The tie keeps the three-team Canada West conference standings the same as the Vikes, in second place, have already qualified for the CIS National Championship on Nov. 1-4 at the University of Toronto.
The Vikes women will travel to Vancouver to play the UBC Thunderbirds in their final conference games of the season on Oct. 29 and 30. Both games are at 1:00 p.m. PST.
VIC: 0 – 1 : 1
CGY: 0 – 1 : 1
CGY: 39th minute – Nadia Izzo
VIC: 68th minute – Amanda Kurianowicz
VIC: Sheridan Goodmanson, 67 MP, 1 GA
CGY: Sydney Hamm, 70 MP, 1 GA