Vikes make history, upset No. 9 Pronghorns in season opening thriller

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James Nielsen

September 21, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) -The University of Victoria women’s rugby squad opened their 2013 Canada West season, Sept. 20 at Wallace Field, upsetting the No. 9-ranked Lethbridge Pronghorns 18-15.

The win over the Horns is the first for Victoria in over a decade of Canada West play, as the Vikes make their run towards their first CIS banner in UVic history.

Laura Crowe-Hutchon opened the scoring with her first try of the season, while third-year prop Jaiden Parhar led the young Vikes squad with two tries. Vike Kara Galbraith scored on a penalty kick just before the final whistle to seal the final three points for the win. Kim Leavitt, Cassandra Orr and Nicole Ronsky posted tries for the Pronghorns.

“It was an exciting game,” said Vikes head coach Mark Hall, who enters his second season. “We took chances, some of them paid off, some didn’t. The girls played at the level they needed to play at and that’s how they won, they stuck with it to the bitter end.”

Under rainy conditions, the Vikes struck first in the opening half, pushing up the right side of the field where fourth-year flanker Crowe-Hutchon finished the play to push the Vikes up 5-0. The lead would not last, as Lethbridge answered back with a try of their own minutes later. The Vikes fell behind in the match after Lethbridge posted a second try to move up 10-5; however, the Vikes tied the game up at 10 after Parhar tallied her first of two tries in the match.

Both teams traded possession throughout second half before the Vikes tallied their third try of the to lift the home team 15-10 advantage. After going scoreless through much of the half, Lethbridge answered minutes later, grinding up the middle and then finishing the drive to once again tie the game 15-15.

Deadlocked with under five-minutes remaining, the Vikes were rewarded a penalty kick with the chance to seal the teams first victory of the season and first win over the three-time CIS champions. Kara Galbraith, a presence on the front line throughout much of the game made no mistake, driving the ball straight through the uprights for the Vikes 18-15 victory.



Jaiden Parhar (2 tries), Laura Hutchon-Crowe (1 try), Kara Galbraith (1 PG)


Kim Leavitt (1 try), Cassandra Orr (1try), Nicole Ron (1 try)


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