By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 19, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team shook off an early goal against to dominate the visiting Calgary Dinos 4-1 on Oct. 19 at Centennial Stadium. The Vikes have a clear second-place standing in the Pacific Division with a 8-3-1 record while the Dinos continue to juggle for their seeding with a 6-6-1 record.
Former Canada West Rookie of the Year and CIS Tournament MVP Hundal made the most of 90 minutes putting up three unanswered goals for the Vikes to total eight goals in the season. Add in a goal from Vikes leading scorer Cameron Stokes, who has nine, and the Vikes have the complete offensive package entering the post-season. The Vikes out-shot the Dinos 17-7.
For Calgary John Troncoso opened the game’s scoring and was the most offensive threat for the Dinos. Troncoso put up three of the Dinos’ seven shots in the game.
Troncoso opened the scoring in the 15th minute of play finishing a one-on-one opportunity against Vikes keeper Elliot Mitrou. The play was generated off a goal kick from Calgary net minder Hunter Brett, who sprung Tom Widdowson deep in Vikes territory. The ball was advanced to Troncoso who buried it for the 1-0 lead.
The Vikes had a number of opportunities to tie it up including two point-blank attempts for each of Sam Prette and Craig Taylor. A gritty Dinos back line kept the Vikes off the board until Hundal was able to break the seal at the 28th minute mark. Hundal picked up a long-range ball from Rhyse Harnden and turned inside past two Dinos defenders to send a ball on net that took a deflection up and into the net for the tying goal.
Hundal wasted no time tallying again in the 31st minute on a header that came from Sam Prette. The 2-1 scoreline remained in favour of the home team entering the break.
Following the half the teams made no substitutions and continued to battle it out as Calgary’s James Gourlay tested Mitrou in two sequential opportunities in the opening minutes. The Vikes continued to run at the Dinos and were rewarded in the 73rd minute off a perfectly paced pass from Kurt Macaulay. Macaulay threaded the needle to spring Cameron Stokes who made a nifty move on Brett to lift the Vikes up 3-1.
Hundal notched one more before the final whistle with a nice individual effort to lift the Vikes to a 4-1 final score. The Vikes now head to Prince George for a UNBC double header, Oct. 26-27, while the Dinos will host Trinity Western and defending national champions UBC.
SCORING SUMMARY (Final)
UVIC: 2 – 2 : 4
CGY: 1 – 0 : 1
UVIC: Cam Hundal (28th, 31st, 84th), Cam Stokes (73rd)
CGY: John Troncoso (15th)