Vikes struggle to capitalize, downed by Pandas

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By Ali Lee, with files from Alberta Athletics

September 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team were downed 2-0 on the road by the Alberta Pandas on Sept. 22.

The Vikes struggled to find the back of the net, despite edging the Pandas in all areas of the stats, forcing them to return home with a 3-2-0 record. Alberta remain undefeated at 5-0-1.

“We carried a lot of play during the game and were playing on a turf surface,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “I was pleased with the way we played all game but we just didn’t finish our chances. They had two chances and scored.”

Recent Canada West women’s First Star of the Week Julia Ignacio was an essential part of the continuation of Alberta’s undefeated streak. Riding out her season-long point streak to a half-dozen games, the Edmonton native notched the game-winning goal and caused an own goal by Victoria, giving the former University of Memphis student a conference-leading 12 points halfway through the season. Third-year forward Jessie Candlish kept her own six-game point streak alive with an assist while Alberta goaltender Kelti Biggs made four saves for her third shutout of the year.

Yearning to build off their Saturday victory against Mount Royal, the Vikes earned their first big scoring chance of the match in the 25th minute. Fourth-year midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki had a point-blank attempt in front of the Pandas goal but Biggs, the 2010 Canada West Rookie of the Year, held her ground to keep the visitors off the board.

Scoring the game’s first goal in the 40th minute was Ignacio who contested with Victoria ‘keeper Tanya Jones for the ball. The cross from Candlish was redirected into the top left corner for Ignacio’s fifth tally of the season.

Alberta was the recipient of good fortune the 54th minute when third-year Vikes defender Bijou Leavins redirected Ignacio’s cross through the Vikes crease straight over the goal line for the 2-0 lead. Forward Emma Greig’s last-ditch effort to clear the ball was only a fraction of a second too late.

Although Victoria dominated times of possession for the remainder of the game, last year’s CIS bronze medalists were unable to crack the Alberta defence, which has now held opponents to under a goal per game on average.

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“We had territorial advantage but our finishing passing in the attacking third wasn’t on,” added David, whose team edged the Pandas 14-9 in shots attempts and 7-2 in corner kicks. “Credit to Alberta as Julia Ignatio makes the difference for their team and they worked very hard, especially after they scored their first goal.”

Starting the second half of the regular season, the 5-0-1 Pandas head on the road next weekend to play the Manitoba Bisons and Winnipeg Wesmen while the 3-2-0 Vikes head home for a home-and-home series agains the Fraser Valley Cascades.

SCORING SUMARY

UVIC: 0 – 0 : 0

ALB: 1 – 1 : 2

GOAL SCORERS

UVIC: none

ALB: Julia Ignacio (40′), UVic own goal

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