By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 11, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The undefeated home streak continued for the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team who defeated the Regina Cougars 4-0 in Canada West play on Oct. 11. The Vikes pick up three important points as the post-season draws near to hold a 7-2-0 record while the Cougars drop 4-5-1.
The Vikes needed all of the first 45 minutes in the game to break the gates held shut by Cougars keeper Kacey McFee. Lindsay Hoetzel notched her fourth of the season to put the Vikes on the board in the last minute of the first frame, while Emma Greig, Sarah Douglas and Jacqueline Harrison each got on the board in the second half.
For the Cougars, McFee was an outstanding presence in net as the second year put up eight key first half saves including three from point-blank range. Fourth-year defender Zoe Threlfall was also a heavy contributor in Regina’s back line, while Meagan Cormier commanded the Cougars front line.
The Vikes started off by putting the Cougars defence under heavy pressure but a lack of accuracy kept the home squad off the board. In the 19th minute the Vikes had their first on-target attempt as Harrison had a free take on her left foot inside the 18-yard-box that was stymied by the hands of McFee. Less than five minutes following and another shot by Harrison drew McFee wide out of her net. Emma Greig sent the ball back across to the far post for Hoetzel to head towards goal but the second-year keeper did well to cover her ground and make an excellent diving save.
The Cougars forced four first-half saves out of Vikes keeper Tanya Jones after both Cormier and Adriana McCullough each had accurate goes from distance. Regina continued to knock on the doorstep towards the latter of the first frame pressing to capitalize on a counter attack but the Vikes back line continued to shut the door.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 45th minute after Sawicki slotted a ball at the top of the box to Harrison who spun and laid it off left. Hoetzel calmly one-timed the ball past a diving McFee to give the Vikes the 1-0 tilt that stood entering the break.
In the second half a long-range shot from Regina’s Tayler Firth nearly squeezed through the legs of Jones to tie the game but the fifth-year keeper recovered on the goal line.
In the 49th minute, the Vikes caught McFee off an off-paced cross from Carly Branion-Calles that took an innocent deflection from Greig. McFee misjudged the bouncing ball’s path and watched it skip over the line to lift the Vikes up by two. Greig’s tally was her third in as many games.
The Vikes continued to press forward with a new wave of second-half substitutes including Douglas who notched the Vikes’ third tally in the 81st minute. Douglas had the ball in the six-yard-box and laid it back to Sawicki who rang a shot off the cross bar. The ball fell back to the feet of first-year Douglas who buried her first of the season.
The Vikes added one more from Harrison, her fifth of the season, before the final whistle to make it a 4-0 score line over the Cougars. Up next the Vikes will host the No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies on Oct .12, while the Cougars will head to Chilliwack to face the Fraser Valley Cascades. Both games are at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv.
UVIC: 1 – 3 : 4
REG: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: Lindsay Hoetzel, Emma Greig, Sarah Douglas, Jacqueline Harrison