By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 16 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team dropped their first loss of the season, missing out 1-0 off an own goal to the No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds on Sept. 14 at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.
After an exciting thriller that saw Victoria upset the No. 1 Trinity Western Spartans just one day ago, the No. 4 Vikes are now 2-1-0 in the Canada West, while the Birds improve to 1-0-2.
The Vikes battled through difficult, foggy conditions and went down in the 64th minute off an own goal after miscommunications betweek keeper Tanya Jones and defender Mallory Hackett. Despite the miscue, the Vikes were on par with the Birds, as both teams forced four saves out of each other.
“I think we battled today,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “We perservered and the conditions were tough both ways but both teams still got on with business. We generated a lot of chances and credit to the UBC keeper tonight who was just outstanding.”
Throughout the match the UVic contingency were unlucky, hitting a cross bar in the opening frame and having a ball saved on the line by a UBC defender in the second half.
Both teams traded opportunities and following the own goal, the Vikes pressured on earning the final corner kick of the match. The heavy fog continued to loom making it difficult to see, as UVic managed to get a shot off in the final play that hit traffic just on the goal line.
“We had an own goal that was completely innocent,” added David. “You even see those at the professional level and despite that our team still played really well tonight. We generated lots of chances and now we turn around to look to next weekend.”
With the loss, the 2-1-0 Vikes fall to fifth place in the Canada West, while the Thunderbirds drop to sixth with a 1-0-2 record. Next weekend the Vikes will travel to face Mount Royal and Alberta, Sept. 21-22. All games will be streamed live at canadawest.tv
UVIC: 0 – 0 : 0
UBC: 0 – 1 : 1
UBC: UVIc Own Goal (64′)