By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
June 13, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The announcement of the 2013-14 men’s and women’s soccer schedules is part of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association opening week that outlines the 2013-14 full list of dates and times for the Canada West schedules and championships.
Today, Jun 13, the Canada West announced the schedule that hosts three new schools for the second season. In 2012-13, the addition of UNBC, Mount Royal and Winnipeg changed the league format to include 11 teams and two divisions for the men and one division of 13 teams for the women.
The Vikes men will open their season at home hosting defending CIS champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, Sept. 7, and the Trinity Western Spartans, Sept. 9. The pair of home games comes after the Vikes were scheduled to play both mainland powerhouses twice each on the road last season.
Following their eight-week schedule, the Vikes men will aim to qualify for the Canada West Final 6, hosted Oct. 31, by the highest-ranked Pacific Division team. Following, the top four teams will advance to the semifinals Nov. 1 or 2, with the conference finals taking place on Nov. 3. The men’s CIS championship will head east, as the Nov. 7-10 bid for the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy will be hosted by the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B.
The Vikes women will open their 2013-14 campaign with a one-game hosting responsibility on Sept. 7 against the UNBC Timberwolves from Prince George, B.C. The Vikes women will then travel to face defending CIS Champions, the Trinity Western Spartans, on Sept. 13, as well as the UBC Thunderbirds on Sept. 14. The Vikes faced the Spartans and T-Birds in the Canada West Final 4 last season, with the Spartans advancing as the conference favourites and eventually the CIS champions.
Following seven weeks of play the Vikes will aim to qualify for the post-season, that will include the top eight teams following the regular season. The top four seeded teams will each host a quarter-final match up on Oct. 26, while the Canada West Final 4 will be hosted by the highest-ranked team on Nov. 2-3. The CIS national championship will be hosted Nov. 7-10 by the University of Toronto.
All Canada West home and away games will be broadcast with live web video and stats at http://uvic.canadawest.tv free of charge. All CIS championship games will be hosted separately online at http://cis-sic.tv