By: James Nielsen, with files from Manitoba Athletics
October 18, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s team won their first game of their weekend road trip 1-0 over the Manitoba Bisons, Oct. 18.
The Vikes received their lone goal from Carly Branion-Calles to secure a hosting berth for the Canada West quarter-finals. The win places UVic atop the league with the UBC Thunderbirds and also eliminates Manitoba from playoff contention.
With goalkeeper Chloe Werle out of her net to play the ball, Vike Emma Greig made a heads-up play to Branion-Calles who fired it on net, scooping up her own rebound to put her team up 1-0 in the 28th minute of play. The Vikes were unlucky to tally only a single goal, firing four balls off the woodwork through ninety minutes.
“I thought our team played pretty well,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “We were pretty composed on the ball. We looked to play the ball out wide and we created a lot of chances.”
The Vikes carried ball possession through the majority of the contest, generating quality scoring chances through the final half. Bisons netminder Werle was the standout player on the opposing side, making several key stops for her team, including stifling Greig on a point-blank shot and diving to save a free kick to keep the Bisons in the game.
Manitoba’s best opportunity of the game came late, when forward Daniella Scerbo found herself within reach of a loose ball in the Vikes box. Scerbo was unable to get a clean shot on net however, as Vikes goalkeeper Tanya Jones came out to smother the ball.
“I think we’re going to do more of the same tomorrow,” said David. “We’re going to go out there and try to score some goals.”
The Vikes now face the Winnipeg Wesmen for an Oct. 19 tilt set for 4:00 p.m. The game will have live video but no live stats at http://canadawest.tv
The Vikes will host the first round of playoffs on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. Following this weekend’s matches the cross-over opponent will be determined.