September 10, 2013, Victoria, BC – The University of Victoria Vikes had two soccer players honoured as Canada West Stars of the Week for the week ending Sept. 8. Midfielders Jacqueline Harrison and Cam Hundal were each honoured as 2nd Stars of the Week for the women and men’s categories after their performances the past weekend.
2nd Star: Cam Hundal
Third-year midfielder Cam Hundal was the offensive spark that the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team needed this weekend. Hundal was the lone offensive threat in the 4-1 loss to UBC on Friday and despite being unable to break through the No. 1-ranked team’s defence line, the former Canada West Rookie of the Year found his footing on Sunday against Trinity Western.
The Vikes dominated the Spartans 4-0 but it wasn’t easy. Hundal opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after both teams traded opportunities. Hundal finished a Craig Gorman corner at the far post to relieve the pressure and give the Vikes the 1-0 go-ahead. Hundal continued to set up and dominate the Spartans back line, creating numerous opportunities for the Vikes but it took Kurt Macaulay, 37 minutes later, to score the Vikes’ second.
The Spartans backline started to melt, allowing Hundal several opportunities to break through into the box. In added time, Hundal drew a defender in the box, who hauled him down and sent him to the penalty spot. Hundal stepped up, fired the ball into the top of the net to lift the Vikes 3-0. Hundal also did all the hard work moments later to help Cam Stokes notch a fourth goal.
The Vikes are now 1-1-0, tied with Pacific Division powerhouses UBC and Trinity Western. The Vikes will next hit the road to face Winnipeg and Mount Royal, Sept. 13-14.
MEN: 1st (Izak Lawrence, Calgary – Soccer), 2nd (Cam Hundal, Victoria – Soccer), 3rd (Cody Cook, Mount Royal -Soccer)
2nd Star: Jackie Harrison
Fifth-year central midfielder and team captain Jackie Harrison opened the scoring for the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team in the 2013 Canada West season. The science major blasted a 30-yard shot into the top-shelf to kick start the Vikes to a 4-1 victory over the UNBC Timberwolves.
The No. 3-ranked Vikes sat on Harrison’s goal, which came in the fourth minute, for 29 minutes until Jaclyn Sawicki pocketed the game winner. UNBC came close trying climb their way back but at the 44th minute, Harrison notched her second of the game to secure the win. Harrison logged all 90 minutes of the Vikes’ season and home opener and had a 77.8 per cent shots on goal statistic in the match.
In addition, Harrison was a pivotal attacking midfielder for the Vikes, dominating the center of the pitch defensively and offensively. With the win, the Vikes are now 1-0-0 in the Canada West and will face CIS top dogs the UBC Thunderbirds and the Trinity Western Spartans Sept. 13-14.
WOMEN: 1st (Meagan Cormier, Regina – Soccer), 2nd: (Jackie Harrison, Victoria – Soccer), 3rd: (Julia Ignacio, Alberta – Soccer)