Photo credit Armando Tura
VICTORIA (CIS) – The tournament host and top-seededUniversity of Victoria Vikes started the Field Hockey Canada– CIS women’s championship in good fashion with a 3-0win over the No. 2 Guelph Gryphons, Thursday evening.
Three different Vikes tallied in an exciting game that now seedsVictoria and the two-time defending national champion UBCThunderbirds atop the standings after the first of three days ofround-robin action.
UBC dominated Waterloo 10-0 in the tourneyopener earlier Thursday.
All-Canadian Kathleen Leahy got the home team on the board inthe 19th minute, while Amanda Kurianowicz notched a second goalbefore half and Alanna Macdonald tallied in the final frame. KeeperSheriden Goodmanson picked up where she left off after the CanadaWest gold-medal win earning a shutout, defending six Guelph cornersand saving a penalty stroke.
The Gryphons had plenty of opportunities to tally in the earlygoings as Allison Chute and Ciara Condon provided the lethal speedand offence up front, while All-Canadian Erin Houle ran milesaround the pitch to be effective on both sides of the ball.Third-year defender Laura Straus was a wall for the Gryphons andkeeper Kaye McLagan showed her stripes against an experiencedVictoria squad.
In the opening 15 minutes of play, it was all Guelph as theGryphons found themselves with four first-half corners. In the 10thminute, Straus’ penalty corner hit missed the near post andMelissa Vogl’s reverse stick by inches to keep the gamescoreless. Guelph’s speed was an evident factor down the leftside as the Vikes back line struggled to keep up.
Against the flow, the Vikes capitalized as a quick free hit fromoutside the 23-meter area was struck straight into the circle. TwoVikes were wide open but a flurry of action in front of the goalmouth resulted in an open rebound for Leahy, who swept the ballhard into the back of the net for the 1-0 Vikes lead.
The Gryphons had their best free-play chance at the 27-minutemark when a through pass up the middle of the pitch gave Condon aone-on-one chance against second-year keeper Goodmanson in net forVictoria. Condon did all the right things to draw the Vikesnet-minder out and beat her but could not finish on the opennet.
The Vikes tallied one more before half when Kurianowicz tipped aLeahy short-side shot off a penalty corner in the 32nd minute togive the home side a 2-0 edge entering the break.
In the second half the Vikes started to find their wave ofmomentum and maintained a lot of the possession. Guelph did notback down with some strong midfield play from Houle and grittydefensive work by Jessica Donaldson, Jacqui Tonkin and Straus.McLagan was called to action several times in the second framesliding out to the top of the circle to stymie a free shot forKurianowicz in the 36th minute.
In the 56th minute, Vikes defender Macdonald extended the leadto 3-0 converting on a penalty corner option that went short sideto Annie Walters-Shumka.
The Vikes almost made it 4-0 when fifth-year Victoria nativeKyla Kirby picked off a Guelph pass and had acres of room at thetop of the circle. Kirby fired a chip shot top shelf but McLaganmade a brilliant stick save to keep Guelph within three.
The Gryphons had one more sure opportunity in the second half asLeahy attempted to play Nicole Paola while she was shooting. Theresulting action was a stroke for Guelph but Daniela Jelec did notmuster enough power to beat Goodmanson and the Vikes finished thegame with a 3-0 result and earned their first three points of thetournament.
The Vikes (1-0) will turn around to face the No. 3-seededWaterloo Warriors (0-1) Friday at 6:30 p.m. PST, while the Gryphons(0-1) will take on the UBC Thunderbirds (1-0) at 4:30 p.m. PST.Both games will be broadcast live at http://cis-sic.tv.
VIC: 2-1: 3
GUE: 0-0: 0
VIC: Kathleen Leahy (1), 19th minute
VIC: Amanda Kurianowicz (1), 32nd minute
VIC: Alanna MacDonald (1), 56th minute
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (W, 70:00, 0 GA, 1-0)
GUE: Kaye McLagan (L, 70:00, 3 GA, 0-1)
Players of the game
VIC: Kathleen Leahy
GUE: Erin Houle
STANDINGS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS (PACIFIC TIME)
GP W L T GF GA PTS
1. UBC 1 1 0 0 10 0 3
2. Victoria 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
3. Guelph 1 0 1 0 0 3 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 3, Guelph 0
Friday, Nov. 1
16:30 Game 3: Guelph vs. UBC (CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Game 4: Victoria vs. Waterloo (CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 2
13:00 Game 5: Guelph vs. Waterloo (CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Game 6: Victoria vs. UBC (CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, Nov. 3
13:00 Bronze medal (CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Championship final (CIS-SIC.tv)
Note: All games will be played at UVIC Field 1.
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