By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 6, 2013, VICTORIA, BC. – Second-year striker Cam Stokes scored two goals to lift the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team 5-2 over the Fraser Valley Cascades on Oct. 6 to complete the six-point weekend sweep.
The Vikes, still with two games in hand over the Cascades, advance 6-2-0 in the Pacific Division of the Canada West, while Fraser Valley drop 4-5-1.
The Vikes had a lapse that resulted in them conceding one goal at the end of the first half. The home team regrouped in the second frame with two goals from Cam Stokes and one each from Spencer MacKinnon, Aaron Murphy and Alex Redpath. Stokes now leads the Vikes with six goals.
For the Cascades Daniel Davidson and Connor MacMillan showed good individual efforts to get on the board but the standout player was without question fourth-year keeper Mark Village. The Vikes out-shot the Cascades 24-10 with Village totaling nine quality saves in the game.
First-half play was kept within the midfield with both teams gathering their chances but not able to capitalize. Just before the half the Vikes back line were caught on their heels allowing Davidson to be free on the left side of the box. The striker cut the ball to his right foot and buried the short-side shot to grab the 1-0 lead for the Cascades entering the break.
In the second frame the Vikes regrouped to tie the game in the 54th minute of play. Fourth year Redpath bent a corner kick from the right side past Village straight into the goal to bring the score to 1-1.
Less than two minutes later the Vikes took grabbed the lead, catching the Cascades back line asleep. Sam Prette dangled his way through the box, gathering several Fraser Valley defenders around him, and dropped the ball back to Stokes. Stokes stepped into the ball and buried it into the bottom right corner to bring the Vikes up 2-1.
Momentum continued for the Vikes as Stokes went solo on fourth-year Cascades defender Ravi Singh, beating him and facing just Village next. Village slid out to challenge Stokes but the ball popped under his arm and leaving the wide open net to bring Stokes to a season scoring total of six and lift the Vikes up 3-1 with more than 25 minutes left to play.
Fraser Valley’s Ryan Liddiard had a good opportunity to cut the lead to one in the 63rd minute when his long-range free kick was on target for the top corner. Vikes’ Mitrou just tipped the ball over the bar to keep the Vikes up by two.
In the 76th minute, Fraser Valley’s Village made three point-blank saves from inside the 18-yard box to shut the door on both Cam Hundal and MacKinnon. Less than a minute later from carrying the team on his back Village was beat when MacKinnon came in all alone and buried a shot from just inside the box.
In the other end, MacMillan did all the hard work to go one-on-one and beat two Vikes defenders to cut the Vikes lead back to two. MacMillan’s left-footed shot was his fourth of the season.
The second-half scoring continued as Stokes found himself free again along the left side of the box. Stokes beat his defender and took a shallow-angled shot from the left that was blocked by Village. Stokes knocked the rebound in front of the empty goalmouth for Murphy to get his first goal of the season.
The final score tilted 5-2 in favour of the Vikes who now advance with 18 points and a 6-2-0 record, while the Cascades are now 4-5-1 in the Pacific Division. Both the Vikes and Cascades will regroup to visit Saskatchewan and Alberta next weekend, Oct. 12-13. Both games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv.
- UVIC: 0 – 5 : 5
- UFV: 1 – 1 : 2
UVIC: Alex Redpath, Cam Stokes (2), Spencer MacKinnon, Aaron Murphy
UFV: Daniel Davidson, Connor MacMillan