Game 1: T-Birds execute on corners to blank Warriors in tournament opener


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VICTORIA (CIS) – The two-time defending championUniversity of British Columbia Thunderbirds started their run for a15th McCrae Cup with a 10-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors in thefirst game of the 2013 Field Hockey Canada – CISwomen’s championship, Thursday afternoon, at the Universityof Victoria.

The tournament opener was a David and Goliath story as theT-Birds, whose 14 national banners are an all-time record, talliedsix penalty corner goals and four on free play, while boasting astarting roster of eight players with international experience.

It marked only the third-time in the championship’s39-year history that a team scored 10 goals or more in a singlematch. Victoria dominated Saint Mary’s 13-0 in pool play in2000, and UBC defeated McGill 10-0 in round robin action in1978.

Three Thunderbirds found the back of the net twice, includingCassandra Tayler, Natalie Sourisseau and Abigail Raye, while SophieHuijskens, Kate Gillis, Sara McManus and Hannah Haughn also got onthe board. Bea Francisco was credited with the shutout after facingonly one shot as the T-Birds dominated with 13 penalty corneropportunities throughout the game.

For the Warriors goalkeeper Nickole LeVear was outstandingdespite a lopsided goal margin. The third-year netminder posted 17saves, 13 of which came in a wave of UBC attack in the secondframe. Alana Raymond and Ally Kocukov did well to maintainpossession coming out of the backfield for the Waterloo squad with12 players in their first or second year of play.

The Thunderbirds opened play with two goals in the first fiveminutes of action, both from Tayler. Fifth-year defender and recentGail Wilson Award winner Miranda Mann set up both options onpenalty corners with a deceptive drag to the right post. Only fourminutes later and an original shot from Tayler was deflected byGillis past LeVear to make the score 3-0.

Rookie Huijskens got her reverse stick on a Mann penalty corneroption in the 21st minute to give the ‘Birds a commanding 4-0lead entering the break.

Much of the same action continued in the second half with Mannsetting up Raye in the 42nd minute and Haughn in the 63rd onright-side penalty corners options. Midfielder Sourisseau showedher experience putting away a fore-hand hit from the stroke mark inthe 46th and a back-hand shot from the top of the circle in the48th.

To seal the game, McManus capitalized on a straight-shot corneroption, while Raye added her second of the game with areverse-stick shot after a Waterloo turnover.

Despite the score margin the young Warriors had strongperformances from Raymond, Kocukov and, in particular, Le Vear, whowas named player of the game for her side. Raye was given thehonours for the T-Birds.

UBC (1-0), which came into the tournament as the fourth seedfollowing a second-place finish in the Canada West conference, willface the No. 2 Guelph Gryphons Friday at 4:30 p.m. PST in theirsecond of three round-robin contests. The Warriors (0-1) willbattle the host Victoria Vikes Friday at 6:30 p.m. Both games willbe broadcast live at

UBC: 4-6: 10
WAT: 0-0: 0

First half
UBC: Cassandra Tayler (1), 3rd minute
UBC: Cassandra Tayler (2), 5th minute
UBC: Kate Gillis (1), 8th minute
UBC: Sophie Hujskens (1), 21st minute

Second half
UBC: Abigail Raye (1), 42nd minute
UBC Natalie Sourisseau (1), 46th minute
UBC Natalie Sourisseau (2), 47th minute
UBC: Sara McManus (1), 50th minute
UBC: Abigail Raye (2) , 51st minute
UBC: Hannah Haughn (1), 64th minute

UBC: Bea Francisco (W, 70:00, 0 GA, 1-0)
WAT: Nickole LeVear (L, 70:00, 10 GA, 0-1)

Players of the game
UBC: Abigail Raye (Kelowna, B.C.)
WAT: Nickole LeVear (Milton, Ont.)


Round-robin standings

1. UBC 1 1 0 0 10 0 3
2. Victoria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. Guelph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Waterloo 1 0 1 0 0 10 0

NOTE: 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.

Thursday, Oct. 31
16:30 Game 1: UBC 10, Waterloo 0
18:30 Game 2: Victoria vs. Guelph (

Friday, Nov. 1
16:30 Game 3: Guelph vs. UBC (
18:30 Game 4: Victoria vs. Waterloo (

Saturday, Nov. 2
13:00 Game 5: Guelph vs. Waterloo (
15:00 Game 6: Victoria vs. UBC (

Sunday, Nov. 3
13:00 Bronze medal (
15:00 Championship final (

Note: All games will be played at UVIC Field 1.

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