By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 27, 2012, VICTORIA – West coast weather was a big factor in the third Canada West quarter-final match up between the Fraser Valley Cascades and University of Victoria Vikes at Centennial Stadium on Saturday. A consistent downpour prevented both teams from getting on the board in the first half, however a second-half goal from Vikes midfielder Janelle Smith (Vernon, BC) was enough to start the Vikes on route to a 3-0 victory and eliminate the Cascades from the post-season.
Fifth-year midfielder Smith converted on a corner kick in the 59th minute to get the game-winner and send her team to the next round of post-season play, while Jana Yates(Summerland, BC) and Emma Greig (Tofino, BC) each added one to secure the victory.
For the Cascades, senior keeper Chantelle Biagioni did her part to make several saves despite the score line. Up front, Carly Neeson was the most threatening player but the visitors were unable to beat the experienced Vikes defence line.
The home team was the first to put on the offensive pressure as defender Brigitte Greig (Parksville, BC) had the first chance of the game at the nine minute mark. Cascades defender Dayle Jeras took one too many touches to try and clear the ball from the box and Brigitte Greig was quick to pounce and roll a shot just wide of the goal.
In the 23rd minute, Canada West leading goal scorer Emma Greig fed fellow Vike Sarah Douglas (London, ONT), who looked to create a dangerous opportunity but Jeras was quick to get back and make a solid tackle at the top of the box.
The Cascades had only one clear scoring opportunity in the 45th minute when hard work up front by first-year Danica Kump resulted in third year Neeson with a clear shot from the top of the box. Neeson’s shot rung underneath the cross bar and was frantically cleared by the Vikes’ back line.
Both teams were unable to generate any further chances as the pitch conditions played a huge factor in the speed of the game. Fifth-year Cascades keeper Biagioni stood strong in the net, while senior keeper Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, BC) did the same in her end to finish the first half tied 0-0.
The Vikes had several chances in the second half, first from Amy Lawrence (Burnaby, BC) who stepped up from the back field to fire a long-range shot on Biagioni, who gave up no rebound making the save. Six minutes later, Brigitte Greig took a free kick from the left side after Smith was fouled and her shot floated just wide of the goal.
Corner-kick specialist Lindsay Hoetzel (Victoria, BC) was the closest to get the Vikes on the board as her corner kick from the right side paralleled the end line and was tipped off Biagioni and the cross bar to keep the game scoreless.
In the 59th minute, Smith tapped in a scramble following a corner kicks to lift her team 1-0. Smith, who competes for the Vikes while completing her masters degree, is the lone Vike who was a member of the 2005 CIS championship team.
The Vikes continued to pressure the Cascades, challenging the Cascades back line of second-year Samantha Temple, Karlee Pedersen, Donna Pinning and Jeras. Biagioni made several saves to thwart consistent rushes by midfielders Jaclyn Sawicki (Coquitlam, BC), Jacqueline Harrison (Whitehorse, YT) and Hoetzel.
The home side was rewarded a third time in the 85th minute when Emma Greig headed in a corner kick to pick up her 15th goal of the season and send the Vikes up with a convincing 3-0 lead.
The Cascades pressured in desperation as the clock wound down, with chances coming from both Kump and Neeson but both were unable to beat Vikes keeper Parker.
With the 3-0 victory, the Vikes will advance to the Canada West Final Four in Langley, where they will face hosts Trinity Western, the UBC Thunderbirds and the winner of the Regina and Saskatchewan game that is set to be played Oct. 28. The Cascades will return home ending their Canada West season for 2012.
The conference Final Four will be played next weekend, Nov. 3-4, in Langley and all games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv
UFV: 0 – 0 : 0
VIC: 0 – 3 : 3
Victoria: Janelle Smith (59′), Jana Yates (82′), Emma Greig (85′)
UFV: Chantelle Biagioni, 90 MP, 3 GA
VIC: Stephanie Parker, 90 MP, 0 GA