Top-notch defence propels Vikes over Pacific Division rivals Trinity Western

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

September 8, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team found their first win of the 2013 Canada West season, defeating the Trinity Western Spartans 4-0 on Sunday at Centennial Stadium.

The Vikes now split their weekend with the Pacific Division’s top seeds to hold a 1-1-0 record, while the Spartans are also 1-1-0 after their Friday win over Fraser Valley.
 
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The Vikes took 33 minutes to get on the board thanks to a tap in from 2011 Canada West Rookie of the Year Cam Hundal. Top defensive work allowed the Vikes to find some freedom up front and after dominating 20-6 in shots, the Vikes were again rewarded in the 70th minute by Kurt Macaulay to secure the win. Hundal tallied again in the 90th minute on a penalty kick, while Cameron Stokes added a short-range goal to seal the win. 
 
Spartans keeper Evan Lowther was pivotal in the match, making eight saves, to keep Trinity Western within reach but unfortunately the clever duo of Dominic Reinold and Jarvis Ambaka were well neutralized by the Vikes back line.
 
“The boys came out and played extremely well today – full value for the win,” said Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson. “Our back four were excellent today and our goalkeeper. We gave no goals up, were 10-2 in corner kicks and we dominated the game and that is a credit to the whole team.”
 
Shots favoured the Vikes 8-3 in the opening frame with credit to second-year Spartans defender Kalem Scott, who had the diligent task of marking the eventual first goal scorer Hundal. In the other end, captain Andrew Ravenhill was the thwart to the always-threatening Trinity Western pair of Ambaka and Reinold.
 
It took 33 minutes before a Craig Gorman left-footed corner would lead to the first tally of the match. Midfielder Sam Prette was first in the air, flicking the ball to the far post where Hundal was waiting to tap the ball over the unguarded goal line for the 1-0 lead.
 
The Spartans did have their opportunities including a Mitchell Rohla blast from the right side that was on cue for the top left corner but just flew wide in the 27th minute. Spartans keeper Lowther was then called to action for the best save of the match when Craig Taylor boomed a shot from 25 yards out in the 34th minute to keep the game in reach.
 
Just before the half time break, a deep throw in found the crafty feed of Hundal who cut it back to Gorman at the top of the six-yard-box. Gorman’s left-footed strike went just over the bar, keeping the Vikes at 1-0 after the first 45 minutes of play. 
 
The Spartans had their tying opportunity in the 67th minute, first off a corner from Carlos Del Aguila that was punched out of the box by keeper Elliot Mitrou. The follow-up shot from Reinold was blocked but the loose ball picked up by Rohla sliced through the box just wide and left of the goal.
 
Less than four minutes from being subbed on for Gorman, third-year Macaulay gave the Vikes the 2-0 cushion. Macaulay received a long ball on the right side of the pitch and one-on-one with Lowther cut the ball back to his left to blast the ball into the top of the net at the 70th-minute mark.
 
The Spartans did generate some forward momentum but were unable to connect on goal to test Mitrou. In the mean time, the Vikes went back to work with Hundal crafting his way into the box drawing a penalty kick. Hundal made no mistake, shelving the ball for the 3-0 advantage. Only moments later, still in added time, Stokes capitalized on some sloppy defence to punch a fourth goal for UVic from inside the six-yard-box.
 
With the 4-0 win, the Vikes now tie all three Pacific Division rivals with a 1-1-0 record, as the CIS No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds were upset 1-0 by the Fraser Valley Cascades this weekend. UVic will now prepare to face Winnipeg and Mount Royal on the road, Sept. 13-14, while Trinity Western will play a home-and-home weekend with UBC. All games will be available on http://canadawest.tv

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