Race for conference banner continues as Vikes record third-straight draw with T-Birds

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By Shannon Pitt, UBC Sports Information

October 20, 2013, VANCOUVER (ISN) – The race for the No. 1 ranking in Canada West women’s field hockey continued Sunday afternoon as the UBC Thunderbirds hosted the Victoria Vikes for the second game of a weekend double header. Despite two halves ridden with dynamic, pressured play, UBC and Victoria found themselves finishing even at 1-1, their third tie game of the season.

Katie Jameson scored on a penalty corner in the 30th minute for UBC, just a minute after Victoria benefitted from a Thunderbirds own goal.

The first half began with heavy play in the middle of the park, with both teams rigorously trying to push the ball up the field. The Vikes’ first scoring opportunity came in the twenty-sixth minute, but Bea Francisco quickly deterred their chances with a strong block. The Vikes’ then sent a powerful shot towards the goal off a corner penalty play; again, Francisco stopped their chances. An immediate second corner penalty gave Victoria one last chance; for the third time within a minute of play, Francisco stopped the Vikes’ from getting onto the scoreboard.

Just two minutes later, the Vikes’ had their sole game point when the ball bounced backfield off of a UBC pass.

UBC responded less than a minute later, when Jameson capitalized on a penalty corner play. The fifth-year midfielder got the final touch at the near post to tie the game at 1-1.

In the second, both the ‘Birds and the Vikes struggled to get ahead. Francisco had yet another huge save at the 47 minute mark when Victoria fled down the field on a breakaway. Francisco came forward from the net and quickly slid across the field to block the Vikes’ shot.

As the half progressed, both teams frantically pushed to regain offensive control. Yet, as the game came to a close, neither team was ultimately able to change the scoreboard.

Next weekend, UBC and Victoria will face-off one last time before the CIS championship tournament beginning on Oct. 31 in Victoria. On Oct. 26, the ‘Birds will travel to Victoria for a 12:30 p.m. game against the Vikes. The game will be the ultimate decider for the winner of the Canada West banner. Following the game, the banner presentation as well as conference major awards and all-stars will take place. The game will also be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv

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