By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 29, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s soccer teams have ticked all the boxes following their Canada West regular season play and will be heading to the conference playoffs this coming weekend, Nov. 2-4. The women will be headed to Trinity Western, currently ranked No. 2 in the country, while the men will head to the No. 5-ranked University of Alberta’s home field.
Despite already being guaranteed a spot as the host at the 2012 CIS national championship, the Vikes women’s soccer team finished the regular season standings in second place with a 9-2-1 record. On Oct. 27, the Vikes hosted the Fraser Valley Cascades in the quarter-finals and despite torrential down pour, prevailed 3-0 after a scoreless first half. With the win, the Vikes advance to the conference semifinals, hosted in Langley, where they will face the UBC Thunderbirds.
The T-Birds were third in the regular season standings with an 8-2-2 record and did their part to qualify by blanking the Alberta Pandas 4-0 in their Oct. 27 quarter-final match. The Vikes and T-Birds will square off on Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and the winner will advance to the conference final against the winner of the other semifinal game that pits Regina against Trinity Western (Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m.).
The winner of the conference final will advance as the lone Canada West seed to the CIS national championship. Should the Vikes capture the conference crown, the second-place finisher will take the host berth, while the Vikes will enter with a higher seed as conference champions. Regardless, the Vikes’ first CIS championship game will take place on Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.
CANADA WEST FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE // LIVE STATS & VIDEO
Nov. 2 – Semifinal 1: Regina vs. Trinity Western (4:30 p.m. @ Langley, B.C.)
Nov. 2 – Semifinal 2: Victoria vs. UBC (7:00 p.m. @ Langley, B.C.)
Nov. 3 – Bronze Medal Game
Nov. 3 – Gold Medal Game
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer grabbed the final playoff berth following a third-place finish in the Pacific Division of the regular season with a 6-6-2 record. The defending national champions were 5-1 at home and notched key victories Sept. 28-29 against nationally-ranked Saskatchewan and playoff hosts Alberta. The Vikes men head to Edmonton, Alta. for the first round of the Final Six tournament to face the Saskatchewan Huskies on Nov. 1 at 8:00 a.m. PST. The winner will play UBC in the semifinals on Nov. 2 at 8:00 a.m. PST and the conference finals will take place on Nov. 4 at 10:15 a.m. All games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv
The top two teams from the conference championship will advance to the CIS national championship being host at Universite Laval in Quebec from Nov. 8-11.
CANADA WEST FINAL SIX SCHEDULE // LIVE STATS & VIDEO
Nov. 1 – Game 1 : Saskatchewan vs. Victoria (8:00 a.m. @ Edmonton, Alta.)
Nov. 1 – Game 2 : Calgary vs. Trinity Western (10:15 a.m. @ Edmonton, Alta.)
Nov. 2 – Semifinal 1: Winner game 1 vs. UBC (8:00 a.m. @ Edmonton, Alta.)
Nov. 2 – Semifinal 2: Winner game 2 vs. Alberta (10:15 a.m. @ Edmonton, Alta.)
Nov. 4 – Bronze Medal Game (8:00 a.m. @ Edmonton, Alta.)
Nov. 4 – Championship Game (10:15 a.m. @ Edmonton, Alta.)