By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 4, 2013, VICTORIA – Shared scoring duties lifted the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team up 7-1 over the Lethbridge Pronghorns Oct. 4 at Centennial Stadium.
The Vikes, still undefeated at home, are now 5-2-0 in the Canada West standings, while the Horns drop to 0-6-2.
Contributions from seven different scorers helped the Vikes to their lopsided victory over the Horns on home turf. Carly Branion-Calles opened the scoring, while Lindsay Hoetzel, Cassie Dennis, Emma Greig, Samantha Lee, Lindsay Machin, Natasha Magnus also tallied with the latter five notching their first of the season. Dennis was credited the game winner, while rookie keeper Austin Studer made her CIS debut in the second half of the game.
For Lethbridge, keeper duties were split between Myriah Marino and Taylor Thomas, who together faced 18 shots. The Horns struggled to generate any offence despite obvious talent in goal scorer Alycia Amatto and supporting cast Stephanie Groten and Danielle Lagemaat.
“I was happy to see Emma [Greig] score today and especially on a great diving goal,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David after Greig got on the board for the first time this season. “I thought our whole team played well. We looked to move the ball quick, exploit the flank areas and kept the ball on the ground. I was very happy with our performance.”
Branion-Calles put the Vikes up 1-0 in the third minute of play after she tapped in a ball that skipped under Lethbridge keeper Marino. Almost 30 minutes of play went on before another goal was notched. The Vikes dominated in possession, out-shooting the Horns 11-1 in the opening frame.
In the 33rd minute, the Horns capitalized on their lone chance as Amatto connected well on a Lagemaat cross from the right side. Amatto’s volley was mishandled by Vikes keeper Jones and deflected into the net to tie the game at one.
Less than three minutes later the Vikes bounced back to notch three goals in four minutes. Hoetzel set up the first on a left-footed corner kick that floated to the far post. Hackett was the first one up but her header rang off the bar and Dennis was there to head the rebound straight back in to send the Vikes up 2-1.
Capitalizing on the momentum, 2012 Canada West leading goal scorer Emma Greig tallied her first of the season in the 36th minute. Hackett sent a low cross from the left and Greig connected on the diving header at the near post for the 3-1 advance. Only three minutes later and Jaclyn Sawicki cut the ball to her left foot to perfectly served a ball to the far post for Hoetzel to get her second of the season. The 4-1 score line stood entering the break.
In the second half the Vikes traded up several bodies who did well to maintain the pace of the match. Lethbridge struggled to generate attack despite some clever running by Stephanie Groten and Lagemaat.
The home team continued their scoring ways to advance 5-1 as second-half substitute Lee notched her first of the season in the 56th minute. The goal came after Emma Greig’s left-footed take rang off the bar and Lee followed up well to head the ball past Horns keeper Thomas.
Less than six minutes later and Machin became the sixth Vike to tally on the night as she headed in a ball straight off a Sawicki corner kick to give the Vikes a comfortable 6-1 lead. Magnus put in a low hard shot to seal the game at 7-1 for the Vikes who are now 3-0 at Centennial Stadium.
The Vikes will turn around to host the Calgary Dinos, who are now 5-1-2 after a tie tonight against Fraser Valley. The Pronghorns will trek to the mainland to visit the Cascades in Chilliwack, B.C. Both games will take place at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv
UVIC: 4 – 3 : 7
LETH: 1 – 0: 1
UVIC: Carly Branion Calles, Cassie Dennis, Emma Greig, Lindsay Hoetzel, Samantha Lee, Lindsay Machin, Natasha Magnus
LETH: Alycia Amatto