By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 5, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer continued their undefeated home streak on Oct. 5 defeating the Calgary Dinos 2-1 at Centennial Stadium.
The weekend sweep gave the Vikes the much-needed six points to advance 6-2-0 in the Canada West standings, while Calgary suffer their second loss of the season and drop 5-2-2.
Third-year striker Emma Greig finally found her scoring touch notching her second goal of the weekend. The 2012 Canada West leading goal scorer had gone six games without finding the back of the net after scoring 14 goals in last year’s regular season. Fifth-year central midfielder Jacqueline Harrison got on the board for her fourth of the season to seal the win for the home team.
For the Dinos, keeper Samantha Chang-Foidl had her work cut out for her as the Vikes out-shot Calgary 21-4 in the game. Defender Kira Lee was a stand out on defence and forwards Tessa Miller and Nikki Furukawa were the lone rangers trying to stir up trouble on the front line. Furukawa slotted one past Vikes keeper Tanya Jones in the final minute of play to score both of Calgary’s goals this weekend.
“Credit to Calgary because they were tough, physical and they pressured us all over the field,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “I thought we did well to perceive. We created some chances and the shot total is pretty flattering to us. We didn’t have 21 quality shots but I was happy we were able to get the two that we did.”
A scoreless first half started with opportunities in both ends of the pitch, first for Carly Branion-Calles who had a near-post attempt go wide in the opening two minutes. In the other end striker Ann Stranges combined well with Furukawa and Miller to create several threatening rushes.
As the opening frame advanced the Vikes started to dominate in possession, moving the ball around well in Calgary’s defensive end. Dinos keeper Chang-Foidl made five saves on Victoria’s nine shots, while Calgary could only muster two shots in the half.
In the 41st minute the Vikes thought they had their best chance to grab a lead after a lobbed ball was chased down by Branion-Calles. The speedy midfielder got the touch to bump the ball up over Chang-Foidl who was racing out to meet her. The Dinos keeper errantly put both hands up to block the ball from outside of the 18-yard-box leaving the Vikes with a free kick just outside the box and Chang-Foidl with a yellow caution. Emma Greig’s free kick skimmed the top of the bar to keep the game scoreless.
The Vikes continued to pressure the Dinos but were unable to notch a goal before the half despite several rushes towards goal.
In the second frame the home team continued to dominate the ball in the midfield. The Vikes received a spark from second-half substitute Lindsay Hoetzel who created all sorts of trouble for the Dinos down the left side.
Greig finally lifted the Vikes 1-0 in the 69th minute after she one-timed a ball that came off the head of Harrison. The goal is Greig’s second in as many games this weekend.
In the 78th minute, momentum continued for Victoria as late substitute Sarah Douglas’ speed propelled her down the right side of the pitch. Douglas beat her defender by cutting the ball back to her left foot and sent a low cross for leading goal scorer Harrison to volley in and lift the Vikes up 2-0.
Only one minute later Jaclyn Sawicki rang a 30-yard shot under the cross bar looking to boost the Vikes up by three but the Dinos cleared the loose ball to keep the game in reach. Calgary cut the lead to one in the final minute of play as a miscue in the Vikes back line allowed Furukawa to grab her second of the weekend but it was too little, too late and the Vikes sealed the final score at 2-1.
“I am disappointed that we did give up the goal that we did,” added David. “Regardless, Emma is always eager to score and this is going to help her with her confidence…that was a big goal from her today. She contributes in every capacity.”
The weekend sweep gives the Vikes six points and a 6-2-0, while the Dinos now drop 5-2-2. Next weekend, Oct. 11-12, the Vikes host Saskwatchewan and Regina, while Calgary will host UBC and Trinity Western on Oct. 12-13. The games will be streamed live at http://canadawest.tv
- UVIC: 0 – 2 : 2
- CGY: 0 – 1 : 1
- UVIC: Emma Greig, Jacqueline Harrison
- CGY: Nikki Furukawa