VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team got their first of two needed wins tonight, Oct. 4, winning 1-0 over the Fraser Valley Cascades in Chilliwack, B.C.
The home-and-home series staked valuable points leading towards the post-season, points that the Vikes now use to advance to a 5-2-0 record, one point ahead of the Cascades who are now 4-4-1.
The Vikes needed 38 minutes of play before Craig Gorman’s left foot broke the scoring deadlock. Gorman’s lone tally was his third of the season, while in the other end, seniorElliot Mitrou picked up his third shut out on the night.
For the Cascades, veteran keeper Mark Village did well, totaling five saves as Victoria out-shot Fraser Valley 12-9. Midfielder Justin Sekhon was the Cascades’ most dangerous attacker, getting five shots off in the game.
“It was a really good game for us, especially given that we were playing on a brand new artificial field,” said Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson. “We battled well and we even missed two or three 100 per cent chances. We had great contributions from Sam Prette today and Toshi Hayashi was again outstanding in our backfield. It was full value for the win tonight.”
The wining goal came in the 39th minute when Gorman’s left-footed free kick from 30-yards out curled around the Cascades wall and slotted into the top shelf. The free kick was awarded in the middle of the pitch after Dominic Colantonio was tripped up mid-stride. The game-winner was a stinger for Fraser Valley who, moments before, were stymied by Mitrou on a Sahib Phagura shot.
In the second half both teams traded opportunities including a golden moment for Gorman from the penalty spot. In the 68th minute Cam Hundal was hauled down as he was streaking through the box down the left side. Gorman’s shot from the spot rocketed underneath the cross bar and stayed out to keep the score at 1-0.
Following, the Cascades bounced back with a series of shots but the home side was unable to get on the board.
“Fraser Valley are very competitive and we are going to need to come out and perform on Sunday for sure,” added Wilson. “With a win Sunday we will be in great position as we get closer toward playoffs.”
The Vikes will host the Cascades on Oct. 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. The game will be streamed live at http://canadawest.tv
- UVIC: 1 – 0 : 1
- UFV: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: Craig Gorman