By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 12, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team hung on to their fourth-minute goal to upset the No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies 1-0 at Centennial Stadium on Oct. 12. The final home game for the Vikes improved their home record to 6-0 and there conference record to 8-2-0, while the Huskies drop 7-2-2.
Third-year striker Emma Greig has started to find her scoring touch as last season’s Canada West leading goal scorer has now tallied a goal in each of the last four games. Greig notched the lone goal of the match in the opening minutes of play to help the Vikes secure their undefeated home streak, while fifth-year netminder Tanya Jones came up big with her third shutout of the season.
For the Huskies Jenelle Zapski was named her team’s MVP as the striker was the most lethal striker up front, adding three of Saskatchewan’s six shots. Second-year goalkeeper Lisa Evans was the strongest defensive presence contending with 13 Victoria shots and making five key saves in the match.
The Vikes got on the board in the fourth minute after Greig laid the ball wide right for Carly Branion-Calles, who served the ball back to into the box. Greig got some good air to get a head on the ball. Evans made the first save but the ball popped loose and Greig was able to race in and slot the ball across the goal line for the 1-0 lead.
Offensive attack favoured the Vikes who out-shot the Huskies 8-3 in the opening frame. In the 15th minute Branion-Calles delivered another good service into the box from the right side that senior Jacqueline Harrison got a touch on. Harrison’s half-volley went just wide of the net despite some good area coverage by Evans.
In the 17th minute the Huskies had their best chance of the game when fifth year Leanne Mylymok blasted a shot from outside the 18-yard-box with her left foot. On pace for the top corner of the net, Jones made a diving one-handed save to keep Saskatchewan off the board.
The Vikes had another close attempt when Jaclyn Sawicki beat three players one-on-one and slotted the ball to Harrison in the six-yard-box. Harrison calmly moved the ball further across the box to Hoetzel, whose one-time shot was saved at point-blank range by Evans.
The Vikes entered the second half with a 1-0 lead and continued to edge the Huskies, putting up five shots to Saskatchewan’s three in the second half. The Huskies had a flurry of corner kicks but were unable to convert. Zapski tested Jones in the remaining minutes of the match hoping for the equalizer but her first shot went high and the next was saved by Jones.
Greig’s goal stood as the lone tally for the match as the Vikes completed their home sweep for the regular season and now improve to 8-2-0, while the Huskies drop 7-2-2. Up next the Vikes will hit the road to face both Manitoba and Winnnipeg next weekend, Oct. 18-19, while the Huskies host a single-header with UNBC on Oct. 20.
SCORING SUMMARY (Final)
UVIC: 1 – 0 : 1
SASK: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: Emma Greig