Ali Lee, Vikes Communication – Files from Calgary Athletics
September 22, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team opened their Canada West campaign with a convincing 6-0 win over the Calgary Dinos at Hawkings Field on Sept. 21.
Three goals in each half helped the Vikes to a 1-0-0 record, while the Dinos now fall 0-3-0 in the three-team conference that also includes the defending champions, the UBC Thunderbirds.
The Vikes hemmed the Dinos in their end, maintaining the majority of possession. Leading pre-season goal scorer Amanda Kurianowicz made her second-year debut with the Vikes’ first goal in the 15th minute of play. Mei Lin Cheung and Marin Davidson also tallied before the break, while two penalty corner goals from Kyla Kirby and Andrea Jones widened the lead. Kirby notched her second of the game in the 60th minute to close out the scoring.
The scoring opened off some speedy individual efforts from Kurianowitz, who burned by Dinos defender Courtney Duggan and slotted it in the net for the game winner. Cheung extended the lead in the 22nd minute, tipping in a cross that came across goal mouth from Jones, while Davidson had a nice reverse stick deflection off a good delivery from defender Rosie Beale. The Vikes entered the break with the 3-0 edge and the majority of the play.
In the second half, Kirby tallied the Vikes’ first penalty corner goal of the season, capitalizing on a straight-strike that went low into the net in the 44th minute. Eight minutes later, Jones extended the lead to five after she cleaned up a loose ball that came in from Kayleen van der Ree intended for Stefanie Hatch. Regardless, the 5-0 margin was achieved and in the 60th minute, Kirby notched her second, finishig a one-timer that came across the circle from Kurianowicz.
Second-year Goodmanson earned the shut out for the Vikes, as the Vikes walk away with the 6-0 win. The win is a good a start for the young squad who hopes to make a good position in the Canada West standings to qualify for the 2013 CIS / FHC national champinoship that is being hosted in Victoria. Despite the automatic host berth, the Vikes have an opportunity be seeded higher in the four-team tournament for better game match ups.
Today’s loss is the third-straight for the young Dinos squad, who boast a new head coach in Henre Meyer. The Dinos were also downed 7-0 and 7-1 against the UBC Thunderbirds last weekend and will turn around to host the Vikes again tomorrow, Sept. 22, at 12 pm at Hawkings Field. Following, the Vikes will take on the T-Birds, who will be without eight starters who are in Mendoza, Argentina competing for Canada at the 2013 Pan American Cup.
VIC – Amanda Kurianowicz, FG, 15′
VIC – Mei Lin Cheung, FG, 22′
VIC – Marin Davidson, FG, 31′
VIC – Kyla Kirby, PC, 44′
VIC – Andrea Jones, PC, 52′
VIC – Kyla Kirby, FG, 60′
CGY – Stephanie Petrowitsch – 70 MP, 6 GA
VIC – Sheriden Goodmanson– 70 MP, 0 GA, SO
By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s field hockey team opened their season at home this weekend with a 3-1 loss to the UBC Thunderbirds on Sept. 21. Despite the score line the Vikes held the traditionally strong T-Birds to a scoreless first half and held the game tied at one for much of the second frame.
Typically the UBC side boasts a strong national team presence as the T-Birds share a home pitch with the Candian national team program. Very few national team members travelled across the pond for today’s match but the ones that did were key including former Vike Keegan Pereira, who relocated to Vancouver to train full time with the Canadian senior team. In addition, Hudson Stewart and Gordie Johnston bring international experience to the team, while several other T-Birds have spent time with the junior national programs.
For the Vikes, fourth-year David Bell anchored the back line along side rookie keeper Toby Owen. Through the midfield junior national team standouts Tyler Klenk and Brenden Bissett crafted most of the attack, while rookies Prabh Sahota and Arsh Buttar made good appearances in their home debut.
Possession favoured the Thunderbirds in the opening half but the visitors were unable to put one past Owen, who was solid through a series of penalty corners and odd-man rushes. Pereira was the most dangerous threat for the Thunderbirds but was unable to connect with his front line.
“The first half was really even and play was going both ways with lots of chances,” said first-year Vikes head coach Kevin Laidman. “We were in it right until the end with a chance to tie and win it but we couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities. If we can finish our chances moving forward we will be able to find more success.”
In the second half Stewart drove the ball into the circle on the left side and blasted a ball into the back of the net through traffic to lift the Birds up 1-0. Stewart took some contact on the play and time was stopped for a long period of time, as the Vancouver native was slow to get up and did not return to the pitch.
Minutes later, UVic caught a lucky break as fourth year Derek Wiggins tied the game up. Wiggins was in a one-on-one battle on the left side of the pitch and he curled to his forehand and smashed a bouncing ball through the circle that took a touch off a UBC defender and went into the net. Wiggins’ efforts was credited as an own goal, a new rule for this season, but regardless, the game was tied 1-1.
UBC went ahead late in the second half on a penalty corner goal from Johnston. Johnston’s drag flick was placed high to Owen’s right. Owen did get a stick on it but not enough to keep the ball out of the net. Johnston followed up with a drag flick goal on the next UBC corner to lift the Thunderbirds 3-1 over the Vikes.
The Vikes did have multiple opportunities in the other end including a blast from the top from Riley Tringham that rang wide of the net but they were unable to capitalize. The final 3-1 score moves the Vikes to a 0-2-0 record in the Vancouver men’s premier league while the Thunderbirds advance 2-0-0.
Up next the Vikes will travel to the mainland to play the Vancouver Hawks on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.