By Vikes / CIS Communications
November 2, 2012, Toronto, ON – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team lost 3-1 to the Western Mustangs in the teams’ first-ever CIS meeting on Friday at Varsity Centre in Toronto.
Despite a late first-half tying from rookie Vike Amanda Watson (North Vancouver, BC) the Vikes were unable to capitalize on their opportunties and suffered their third-straight loss at the 2012 FHC-CIS national championship.
For the No. 5 seeded Western Mustangs, this becomes the school’s first-ever victory on the national stage after only previously qualifying once in 2003.
With the win, the Mustangs improve to 1-1-0 and sit just one point behind the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds (1-1-1) and No. 2 Toronto Varsity Blues (1-1-1), while Victoria drops to 0-3-0 and sits fifth in the standings.
Both teams are in tough tomorrow as the Mustangs take on the No. 3 Guelph Gryphons (2-0-0) and Thunderbirds, while the Vikes end their round robin draw versus the host Varsity Blues.
CIS all-Canadian Katelyn Rogonowicz of Burlington, Ont., opened the scoring as she fired the ball past Victoria goalie Sheriden Goodmanson (Victoria, BC) in only the second minute of play. The goal was Western’s first of the tournament after the Mustangs fell 6-0 to the Varsity Blues yesterday.
Victoria evened the score, also notching their first goal of the championship, when rookie midfielder Watson, snuck the ball past Western’s Bethan Blackburn in the 31stminute.
The Vikes previously fell 5-0 to the Guelph Gryphons and 4-0 to the defending national champion UBC Thunderbirds on Day one of the tournament.
The game remained 1-1 at the midway point of the contest.
Second-year Mustangs forward Jessica Crawford of Oakville, Ont., got the go-ahead goal as she tipped a Megan Duffy shot to find the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Vancouver native Safia Mohamed added an insurance marker in the 57th minute to secure the 3-1 win.
“We played individually today and you can’t beat any team when you play individually,” said Victoria head coach Lynne Beecroft. “I’m hoping we can come out and play hard tomorrow. At the end of the day it comes down to goal differential.”
WES: 1-2: 3
VIC: 1-0: 1
WES Katelyn Roganowicz (1), 2nd
VIC Amanda Watson (1), 31st
WES Jessica Crawford (1), 43rd
WES Safia Mohamed (1), 57th
WES: Bethan Blackburn (W, 70:00, 1 GA, 1-1-0)
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (L, 70:00, 3 GA, 0-3-0)
Players of the game
WES: Lauren Mackenzie (Burlington, Ont.)
VIC: Amanda Watson (North Vancouver, B.C.)