October 8, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – Following a home-and-home sweep against the Fraser Valley Cascades, the newly No. 10-ranked Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team will head to Saskatchewan and Alberta this weekend, Oct. 12-13, looking to earn a further six points as they push towards the playoffs.
With a five-point advantage and two games in hand over the third-place Cascades the Vikes will now have a look at the Prairie Division and the No. 8 Huskies and the unranked Golden Bears.
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Friday’s match saw two evenly matched teams squaring off in a defensive tilt that produced only one goal after 90 minutes between the competing sides. Third-year striker Craig Gorman tallied for the Vikes in the 38th minute of play. Gorman’s goal, also his third of the season, came off a free kick, as the Victoria native buried a shot with a left foot strike that proved to be the winner. Fifth-year keeper Elliot Mitrou collected his third clean sheet of the Canada West season, stopping three shots including a Sahib Phagura blast just prior to the Vikes goal.
Saturday’s rematch saw the Cascades open the scoring late in the first half, as Daniel Davidson finished a Dylan Jordan corner kick just before the half time whistle blew. The Fraser Valley lead was soon to be diminshed in the second half as the Vikes found their scoring touch, knotching four goals in 30 minutes including two by second-year Vike Cameron Stokes. The Vikes rode out the match to a 5-1 victory. Stokes’ two-goal game earned him a Canada West 3rd Star of the Week nod for the second time this season.
The Vikes will undoubtedly face their biggest tests of the season this weekend as they head out on the road to face No.8 Saskatchewan Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears, Oct. 12 and 13, respectively. Saskatchewan is coming off a weekend sweep as well, as they rolled 2-0 and 2-1 wins over Alberta, placing them first in the Prairie Division. The match will also see UVic’s Stokes face off against Saskatchewan striker Brett Levis. Both Stokes and Levis are tied at second overall in Canada West goal scoring with six goals apiece.
The second match of the weekend features the Vikes visiting the Prairie Divison No. 2 team, Alberta Bears. The Bears have dropped their previous three games, scoring only one goal total during that time. With two wins this weekend, the Vikes will guarantee that they stay three games up on the third-place Cascades.