By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 22, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team completed their weekend sweep over the Calgary Dinos with a 2-0 win on Sept. 22 at Hawkings Field.
With the win the Vikes now tie UBC with a 2-0-0 record while the young Dinos now fall 0-4-0 in the three-team Canada West conference.
Second-year forward Amanda Kurianowicz picked up her second goal of the season, while Canadian national team member Kathleen Leahy got on the board for the game winner and her first of the season. Keeper Sheriden Goodmanson picked up the back-to-back shutouts this weekend.
The Vikes, coming off a 6-0 victory yesterday, dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes of play. Calgary was hemmed in their end and while the Vikes had multiple scoring opportunities, the Dinos did well to keep the game scoreless. Dinos fifth-year goalkeeper Stephanie Petrowitsch turned her game around from yesterday making several outstanding saves to stymie the speedy Vikes front line.
After the scoreless first half, the Vikes continued to generate chances including a one-on-one opportunity for Emily Fisher. Fisher was hauled down in the circle sending her to the penalty stroke mark but Petrowitsch was more than up to the task as the ball was sent right into her pads for the save.
Only five minutes later and the Vikes found themselves back at the stroke mark to try and break the dead lock. Forward Mei Lin Cheung was fouled hard in the circle sending captain Kyla Kirby to take the honours. Kirby didn’t connect with the ball and Petrowitsch tallied her second stroke-save of the game to keep the Vikes off the board.
The Vikes finally got on the board from Leahy who took a fast free hit from the hash marks to free herself up at the top of the circle for a shot. Leahy made no mistake sending a chip shot high to the glove side of Petrowitsch for the 1-0 lead at the 60th minute mark.
With pressure relieved a bit for the Vikes, Kurianowicz notched the second of the match after a hard run along the right baseline. The Alberta native pulled it back to her back hand and blasted a reverse stick shot short side to give the Vikes the 2-0 lead and eventual win.
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The Dinos made it difficult for the Vikes to earn three points today as Petrowitsch was an x-factor, while senior defender Lindsay Koch and second-year Nadia Izzo were key players for Calgary. With the win the Vikes now tie the 2012 CIS national champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, in the standings at 2-0-0 and will turn around to host them next weekend, Sept. 28-29. The Thunderbirds of course will be without eight starters who are competing at the 2013 Pan American Cup in Mendoza, Argentina for the next two weeks.
UVIC, 40:00, #10 Kathleen Leahy
UVIC, 61:00, #6 Amanda Kurianowicz
Calgary: Stephanie Petrowitch: 70 mins played, 2 goals against
UVIC: Sheriden Goodmanson: 70 mins played, 0 goals against