By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 2, 2013, VICTORIA – Valuable conference points are at stake this weekend as the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team split the weekend with a home-and-home series against the Fraser Valley Cascades.
The Vikes will hit the road on Oct. 5 to play the 4-3-1 Pacific Division rivals and will return to host the Cascades on Oct. 6 at Centennial Stadium.
Fraser Valley currently edge the Vikes by one point in the division standings but the Vikes are in good form, holding two games in hand. This weekend’s double-header means valuable points for securing a post season for both teams as the UBC Thunderbirds have already run away with the top spot in the conference.
“We need to win both games this weekend if want to stay in touch with UBC,” said Bruce Wilson Vikes men’s soccer head coach. “The bonus is that our team is strong and healthy right now. It is midway through the season and we have a full roster to pick from. I am confident in our group and the team knows how important this weekend’s games are.”
The Vikes men are enjoying a healthy, deep bench headlined by leading goal scorers Cam Hundal and Cameron Stokes, who have each tallied four goals so far. At this time last year, the Vikes suffered through waves of injury, while this year that bad fortune has fallen to teams like Trinity Western, as well as the Cascades.
Despite being down healthy bodies, the Cascades boast strength rin ookie midfielders Justin Sekhon and Connor MacMillan, who lead the team with three goals each. Fraser Valley also rely on their talent between the pipes, Mark Village, who has started and played all eight games this season and currently has a 0.722 save percentage.
Meanwhile, the Vikes are confident to focus on their strengths including some solid defensive work from Toshi Hayashi and keeper Elliot Mitrou.
“Toshi came into preseason very fit and has been our best, steady and consistent back for us so far,” added Wilson. “Elliot has also been steady for us in goal and we are always looking to him to lead us into the post season.”
The post-season feelings are familiar for both Hayashi and Mitrou who are two of several players on the current squad who were a part of the 2011 CIS championship team.
This weekend the Vikes will play on artificial turf in Chilliwack, B.C. on Oct. 4 and will turn around to host the Cascades on Centennial Stadium’s grass fields on Oct. 6, weather permitting. Six points are up for grabs in the Pacific Division show down that will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv