By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 7, 2013, VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team weathered a slight scoring drought to pick up a 4-1 win over the UNBC Timberwolves on Saturday at Centennial Stadium.
The No. 3-ranked Vikes dominated in possession, out-shooting UNBC 30-1, to move to a 1-0-0 record, while the Timberwolves now drop to 0-2-0 in the Canada West.
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For the Vikes midfielders Jackie Harrison and Jaclyn Sawicki were the dynamo that propelled the Vikes to the win. Harrison opened the scoring, while Sawicki picked up the game-winner. Harrison notched one before half time, while Maryse Reichgeld scored in the final minute of the game to the tally.
UNBC third-year net minder Jordan Hall made 13 saves in the gam, while striker Sidney Roy picked up the lone tally for the Timberwolves. Roy’s speed gave the visitors, who entertain a roster of 10 rookies, their first goal of the 2013 season.
“It feels good to come into a team that is really driven to win,” said Elise Butler, who assisted the fourth goal in her rookie debut. “I am always learning a lot from the seniors on our team and to wear this jersey and be playing in my home town means a lot to me.”
The Vikes wasted no time testing UNBC keeper Hall, as Sawicki fired a ball over the bar in the third minute of play. Less than a minute later, Harrison gave the Vikes the 1-0 lead after a 30-yard strike was placed high into the net, just past Hall’s finger tips.
The Timberwolves were quick to respond as a long, territorial clear took a bounce that put Roy in a foot race with Vikes defender Amy Lawrence. Roy was able to power her way to the box, forcing Victoria keeper Tanya Jones out of her net, and slot the ball low to tie the game at one.
Entertaining action continued despite a lopsided bout of attack in favour of the home team. The Vikes struggled to find the back of the net on several attempts after some good wide attack from Lindsay Hoetzel and Emma Greig. Hall was called to action on well-struck shots from both Sawicki and Hoetzel in the 14th and 15th minutes, respectively.
Sawicki finally gave the Vikes the go-ahead after her turn-and-fire shot found the top corner, lifting her squad up 2-1 in the 33rd minute. The Vikes maintained the majority of possession despite some solid defensive work anchored by UNBC’s Tanya Grob.
Harrison found her second of the match in the 44th minute, after rookie Elise Butler did all the hard work down the right side to serve the ball into the box. Greig tapped the ball back to Harrison, who made no mistake on the one-time strike to give the Vikes the 3-1 edge entering the break.
In the second half, the Vikes made several substitutions, giving the youth of Lindsay Machin, Samantha Lee and Butler some quality field time. The Timberwolves, kept the Vikes off the board for nearly all 45 second-half minutes despite evidence of tired bodies, as UNBC was on a turn around after visiting the Cascades last night.
Butler set up the Vikes for their fourth goal just before the final whistle, as her long, high cross from the left found Reichgeld for the touch in at the far post. Reichgeld’s goal gave the Vikes the final 4-1 scoreline.
“We now move on to play the national champions next weekend,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “We have to be better defensively. We have to be quicker in terms of our attacking style and we have to be hungry and more clinical around the goal.”
With the win the Vikes grab their first three points in their Canada West campaign, advancing 1-0-0, while the Timberwolves now drop 0-2-0. The Vikes will now look towards a four-game road series for the next two weekends, first facing Trinity Western and UBC on Sept. 13 and 14. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will host Alberta and Mount Royal on Sept. 13 and 15, respectively. All games will be streamed live at http://canadawest.tv
UVIC: 3 : 1 – 4
UNBC: 1 : 0 – 1
UVIC: Jackie Harrison (4′, 44′), Jaclyn Sawicki (33′), Maryse Reichgeld (90′)
UNBC: Sidney Roy (7′)