Vikes Push Past Spartans

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Scott Stewart

September 21, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team extended their undefeated streak to four matches thanks to second-year midfielder Cam Stokes, who notched two goals in Victoria’s 4-0 win over the Trinity Western University Spartans on Sept. 20 at Centennial Stadium in Victoria.

The Vikes extend their win streak to four and improve their record to 4-1-0, while the Spartans drop to 1-4-0.

“This game was huge for us. Trinity Western has a few injury problems and it’s not their best season but still they are a very tough team,” said Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson.

Stokes scored in the 20th and 31st minute to give the Vikes the clear go-ahead, while midfielders Cam Hundal and Craig Gorman each picked up assists. Kurt Macaulay and Gavin Barrett each tallied in the second half as the Vikes out-shot the visitors 18-12.

Evan Lowther made eight saves in the match for the Spartans, who were down six starters including striker Dominic Reinold, midfielder Jordan Whitehead and midfielder Brayden Gant. Trinity Western relied on the composure of midfielder Mitchell Rohla and midfielder Elie Gindo to lead the injury-laden squad.

In the opening minute of play the Vikes put Lowther to the test as some solo foot skills from defender Toshi Hayashi sprung Hundal for a left-footed shot. Lowther was forced to make the save and three consecutive ones following. In the 20th minute, a speedy 30-yard run from Hundal gained him the baseline, where his pass to the top of the six-yard-box was faked over by Gorman and finished by Stokes for the 1-0 lead.

The Vikes continued to dominate possession and found themselves with a free kick attempt from 40 yards out. Gorman’s left-footed service was chested down at the top of the box and finished again by Stokes, who tallied his second of the game and fourth of the season.

Keeper Evan Lowther did well to make six first-half saves. While tight defensive work from Trinity Western’s Kalem Scott and Andrew Dobbie anchored the backline and kept the score at 2-0 in favour of the home side entering the break.

In the second half it was the Spartans who were the first to make the most of their opportunities. TWU had four quality opportunities in the opening 11 minutes of the second frame and were unlucky not to get on the board. Kalem Scott was most notable as he worked his way into the box from the right side, beating two people and firing a shot that rolled just wide of the net.

In the 71st minute, second-half substitution Macaulay netted his fourth of the season after he cleaned up a loose ball with an off-pace shot that caught Lowther out of position. Lowther injured himself while trying to get across the net to make the save forcing second-year Andrew Hicks to man the posts for the remainder of the match.

The final tally came in the 86th minute when Spencer Mackinnon curled a ball into the box off a corner kick for Barrett to head seamlessly into the back of the net to lift the Vikes 4-0 over the Spartans.

With the win the Vikes advance 4-1-0 and the Spartans drop to 1-4-0 in the Pacific Division. Up next the Vikes will turn around to host the defending CIS champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, Sept. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at Centennial Stadium while Trinity Western will visit Fraser Valley on Sept. 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Robert Bateman Park in Abbotsford, B.C. Both games will be streamed live at http://canadawest.tv

Game Notes: the Spartans lost by a similar 4-0 score in their last match with the Vikes on September 8, 2013 in Victoria… last season the Spartans were 2-0 over the Vikes…

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