By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications
October 19, 2013, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s team concluded their 2013 Canada West regular season on a high-note, winning 4-0 against the Winnipeg Wesmen on the road on Oct. 19.
Second-half substitute Natasha Magnus was the answer for the Vikes, leading her squad with two goals in the second-half after a scoreless first half. The Vikes are now 10-2 and take top honours for the conference entering the post-season.
The Vikes impressed throughout 90 minutes out-shooting the Wesmen 29-3 overall and edging them 17-2 in shots on target. Magnus tallied two goals to bring her season total to three, while Carly Branion-Calles and Maryse Reichgeld also added to the board. Tanya Jones earned her fifth clean slate of the season as the VIkes now enter the post-season as the regular season champions.
For the Wesmen goalkeeper Taylor Thorkelsson was the difference maker, thwarting all UVic attempts to keep the game scoreless after the opening frame. Thorkelsson made 13 saves on the night as the Wesmen end their regular season out of playoff contention with a 1-11 record.
The Vikes put the Wesmen to work in the opening frame, putting up 15 shots to Winnipeg’s two. The Vikes were held off the board for 45 minutes thanks to some solid goaltending from Thorkelsson.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Magnus received a cross-pass directly in front of the net from Jaclyn Sawicki that she made no mistake on burying to lift the VIkes 1-0 in the 47th minute.
“I think we were a little bit uptight in the first half,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “In the second half, we had some new bodies that injected some positive energy and allowed us to score early.”
The Vikes tightened up their play in the second half, connecting with cross-passes and playing over the top to allow them to generate goals and scoring chances. The Vikes were unlucky to not post additional goals in the match, as they received several breakaways, including one in the opening half by captain Jacqueline Harrison that rolled wide right.
“I’m really proud of our team and the effort that we’ve put in,” added David. “We have a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks and we will see how it all plays out.”
Up next the Vikes will host the first-round of playoffs against the Regina Cougars, who end their regular season 5-5-2, on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. If the Vikes are victorious after the single-header quarter-final the Vikes will host the Canada West Final Four Nov. 1-3 at Centennial Stadium.
UVic 4 Winnipeg 0
- 46:49 UVIC – Natasha Magnus
- 52:29 UVIC – Carly Branion-Calles
- 75:01 UVIC – Maryse Reichgeld
- 82:49 UVIC – Natasha Magnus