Game 4: Vikes blank Waterloo, advance to final vs. UBC

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VICTORIA (CIS) – The tournament host University ofVictoria Vikes blanked the Waterloo Warriors 3-0 Friday night intheir second round-robin match of the Field Hockey Canada –CIS women’s championship, setting up an all-Canada Westgold-medal final between UVic and the UBC Thunderbirds on Sunday.The conference rivals will first meet Saturday afternoon to closeout the preliminary round.

The Vikes, who edged UBC for the Canada West banner this season,are currently tied with their archrivals with a 2-0 record at thenational championship. Guelph and Waterloo are both 0-2 and can nolonger hope to catch their western opponents. The OUA squads willbattle for bronze on Sunday.

The final day of round-robin action on Saturday will seeWaterloo and Guelph face off at 1 p.m. PT and Victoria and UBCsquare off at 3 p.m. PT.

Three Canada West first-team all-stars scored for the Vikesagainst waterloo, beginning with Kathleen Leahy in the third minuteand a second-half goal from each of Kyla Kirby and AmandaKurianowicz. Sheriden Goodmanson tallied her second straightshutout as Victoria dominated play generating 10 penalty corners toWaterloo’s zero.

All-Canadian Leahy got things off with a bang firing areverse-stick shot top shelf in the opening minutes of play. Theearly goal settled all nerves for the home team as the Warriorsstruggled to intercept several precise passing sequences performedby Victoria.

In the 26th minute the Vikes almost had their second goal whendefender Andrea Jones blasted a ball from outside the 23-meterarea. The ball took a touch off Waterloo’s Ally Kocukov inthe circle and was on route for goal but a last minute clear and apost kept the Vikes off the board.

Waterloo keeper Nickole LeVear made four quality saves to keepthe Gryphons within one entering half.

In the second half the Vikes opened with back-to-back penaltycorners. A nice give-and-go between Alexis Veljacic and Kirby setup Victoria’s 2-0 lead at the 37-minute mark.

The Warriors continued to show their competitive spirit battlinghard and thwarting several baseline attempts thanks to some solidtackling from Steph Snyder and Katrina Schigas.

In the 44th minute the Vikes capitalized once more on a penaltycorner after a short ball to Leahy was fired to the far post. MarinDavidson tried to deflect the initial shot but it was Kurinaowiczwho slotted the lose ball home for her second goal of thetournament.

Waterloo did well to fend off the Victoria’s remaining twocorners but were unable to generate any offence of their own. Leahywas named player of the game for the second-straight time, whileKocukov was given the honours for Waterloo. The Vikes finished thegame with a 3-0 win and earned three points to tie UBC with sixpoints after two days of play.

Both Saturday games will be streamed live at http://cis-sic.tv.

SCORING SUMMARY
VIC: 1-2: 3
WAT: 0-0: 0

First half
VIC: Kathleen Leahy (2), 3rd minute

Second Half
VIC: Kyla Kirby (1), 37th minute
VIC: Amanda Kurianowicz (2), 44th minute

Goaltenders
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (W, 70:00, 0 GA, 2-0)
WAT: Nikole LeVear (L, 70:00, 0 GA, 0-2)

Players of the game
UBC: Kathleen Leahy (Victoria, B.C.)
GUE: Ally Kocukov (Mississauga, Ont.)

STANDINGS,SCHEDULE & RESULTS (PACIFIC TIME)

Round-robin standings

GP W L T GF GA PTS
1. UBC 2 2 0 0 17 1 6
2. Victoria 2 2 0 0 6 0 6
3. Guelph 2 0 2 0 1 10 0
4. Waterloo 2 0 2 0 0 13 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: UBC 7, Guelph 1
18:30 Game 4: Victoria 3, Waterloo 0

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: Guelph vs. Waterloo (CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Championship final: Victoria vs. UBC (CIS-SIC.tv)

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

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