By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 17, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The No. 4 University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team are coming off a big weekend that saw them upset the defending CIS national champions, the Trinity Western Spartans, 2-1 on Sept. 13.
Defender Carly Branion-Calles scored a rocket under the bar in injury time to seal the win, while serving the Spartans their first loss on home turf in 18 regular season games.
This weekend, Sept. 21-22, the Vikes women will travel to Alberta and face the Mount Royal Cougars and the Alberta Pandas. The Cougars are currently 2-2 after earning wins over Lethbridge and UNBC, while the Pandas share the top of the standings with a 3-0-1 record.
Following their victory over the Spartans, the Vikes faced the then No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds under heavy fog conditions. Both teams were well-matched and the Vikes had a miscue that resulted in an own goal that gave the T-Birds their first win of the season.
Currently, midfielder veteran Jacqueline Harrison is third in Canada West scoring, with three goals in as many games. Harrison along with U-20 team Canada standout Jaclyn Sawicki have been the dedicated playmakers in midfield for the Vikes, while the experience of Brigitte Greig and Mallory Hackett have been the continual strength in the Vikes backfield. Goalkeeper Tanya Jones has posted a 0.625 save percentage.
This weekend the Vikes will look to extend their current 2-1 record as the 2012 CIS bronze medallist are already looking at the tough competition that stands in the way between them and the 2013 CIS national championship, hosted in Toronto, Ont. from Nov. 7-11.
Hundal takes Canada West 2nd sStar honours for the second-straight week
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team have been well-represented in the Canada West’s inaugural year of the Three Stars of the Week. Third-year midfielder Cam Hundal was named the male Second Star of the Week for the second week in a row.
Hundal proved once again his effectiveness on the pitch starting in both games this past weekend, Sept. 13 and 15. Hundal tallied one goal in each of the Victoria wins to put him at the top of the Canada West scoring leader board with four goals in as many games.
On Friday, the Vikes sealed their second win of the season with a 4-2 win over Winnipeg. The 2011 Canada West Rookie of the Year notched his third goal of the season in the 38th minute, finishing off a pass from fellow third-year Craig Gorman.
On Sunday, Hundal extended the Vikes record to 3-1-0, after tallying the game-winner in the 45th minute off a pass from defender Andrew Ravenhill. With the double victory, the Vikes are currently tied at the top of the Pacfic Division with defending CIS champions the UBC Thunderbirds. Up next, the Vikes will host the Western powerhouse T-Birds, as well as the Trinity Western Spartans, on Sept. 20-21.
MEN: 1st Star: Reynold Stewart, Soccer, UBC; 2nd Star: Cam Hundal, Soccer, Victoria; 3rd Star: not awarded