Huskies and Vikes settle for draw in top 10 matchup


October 12, 2013, SASKATOON (ISN) – The No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the No. 10 University of Victoria Vikes settled for a 2-2 draw in a back and forth battle between top 10 teams Saturday on Field 7 in Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Park.

With the draw, the Huskies move to 7-3-1 on the season and remain in first place in the Canada West prairie division with 22 points. The Vikes are now 6-2-1 with 19 points and sit second in the pacific division.

Victoria took a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute from a shot by Cam Stokes. Stokes beat his defender on the left side of the field and got to the edge of the box before sending the ball in on goal. Forward Craig Gorman looked like he was about to deflect the ball, causing Huskie keeper Michal Bandula to delay his dive, before letting the ball bounce into the bottom right corner.

Garrett Peters tied the match in the 85th minute deflecting in a Luigi Bekwayo cross past Vikes keeper Elliot Mitrou. The Huskies had been pressing for the final ten minutes searching for the equalizer before Bekwayo got into free space to send the cross in front for Peters.

In the 72nd minute the Huskies had a glorious opportunity as Peters beat a charging Mitrou to a loose ball on the left side. Peters sent a cross to Taylor Evernden in front, with no keeper in the net, but two Victoria defenders converged on Evernden before he could get to the ball that ending up rolling out the back.

Just before the Huskies tied the match at two, Sam Prette sent a hard shot on net from outside of the box that Bandula was able to get a piece of, deflecting it high. The Vikes had another chance to score in added time earning back-to-back corners, but could not convert on either.

Brett Levis opened the scoring in the 29th minute sending a shot between two defenders and just past a diving Mitrou to give the home team an early lead.

Victoria responded 15 minutes later with a goal of their own. Cam Hundal broke free at the top of the box and put the ball in the bottom right corner of the net in the 44th minute.

Bandula finished the match with seven saves, while Mitrou made five.

Huskie captain Brandon Holmes was the MVP for Saskatchewan. Cam Hundal was the game MVP for the Vikes.

Victoria attempted 16 shots and was awarded nine corners in the match to the Huskies 12 and one.

The Vikes will now travel to Edmonton to take on the Alberta Golden Bears. Saskatchewan remains at home to take on the Fraser Valley Cascades, Sunday at 2:15pm on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park. The Huskies will bid farewell to fifth-year players Ryan Contenti, Eoin McFadden and Scott Myrah in the team’s final regular season game at home.