Photo credit Armando Tura
VICTORIA (CIS) – In a preview of Sunday’s gold-medalfinal, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds completedtheir undefeated round-robin tournament with a 4-2 win over thehost Victoria Vikes on Saturday at the 2013 Field Hockey Canada -CIS women’s championship.
The T-Birds, who end the preliminary round with a 3-0 mark, hadthree goals from first-year Netherlands recruit Sophie Huijskensfor the win, while the Vikes (2-1) got a game-opener and closer towipe the clean sheet.
It was UBC’s first victory in five head-to-head duels thisfall as UVic had kept a 1-0-3 record against its archrival duringthe regular season to claim the Canada West banner.
The stage is now set for Sunday’s championship final. TheT-Birds have claimed six of the last 10 CIS national titles and arecord 14 McCrae Cups overall, while Victoria earned only one inthe last decade, in 2008, and is tied with Toronto for second placeall-time with 11 gold medals.
The BC rivals will meet in the final for the 10th time, with UBCcurrently holding a 6-3 edge. The T-Birds are 14-6 all-time in thechampionship match, the Vikes 11-9.
In today’s contest, Huisjkens came off the bench to scorethree unanswered goals, while Kate Gillis was the first T-Bird toget on the board. The Thunderbirds showcased their top line-up withnine of the starting 11 having recent international experience.
Despite the final result it was the Vikes that struck first andlast in the game. Amanda Kurianowicz notched her third of thetournament beating UBC keeper Bea Francisco in the 22nd minute ofplay. Forward Emily Fisher tallied in the final minute of the gameto keep the ‘Birds within two.
The home team came out of the gates with a roar of energyputting the T-Birds under pressure for the opening minutes of thegame. After UBC settled in Hannah Haughn led the charge with fourquality opportunities that eventual player of the game and keeperSheriden Goodmanson stood tall on. Riding on the wave ofGoodmanson’s efforts, the Vikes found themselves in the otherend very quickly.
In the 14th minute Kyla Kirby blasted a shot towards goal thatwent to the stick of Fisher. Fisher traversed across the goal andhad Francisco beat but her upright, reverse shot went just wide ofthe left post.
The ‘Birds rallied back to earn their first corner in the19th minute. Miranda Mann’s low drag to the right post took atouch off a Vikes defender and just bounced wide of the net.End-to-end action continued as the home team tallied on the boardin the 22nd minute. Francisco made a save on an initial shot butVan der Ree’s rebound attempt found the stick of Kurianowicz,who curled and shot it. The ball hit some traffic before sailinginto the mesh to give the Vikes a 1-0 lead.
All-Canadian and team Canada standout Gillis didn’t allowfor much celebration time as she notched a response less than 30seconds later. Second after the push back from Kurianowicz’sgoal, Haughn eliminated her check at the top of the circle andsmashed a ball into the stroke mark. Gillis’ deflection wasnext-to-perfect as the ‘Birds squared the game at one.
From there possession lay in UBC’s favour as qualitydistribution from defenders Sara McManus and Rachel Donohoecontinued to eliminate the Vikes’ forward line. The Birdscapitalized on their third corner of the opening half whenHuijsken’s straight shot went off the pad of Goodmanson andinto the mesh. UBC sat on a 2-1 cushion entering the break.
In the second half it was all T-Birds as they continued toattack in waves, entering the circle from any angle available.Goodmanson was brilliant with seven second-half saves, whiledefenders Rosie Beale and Alexis Veljacic were consistent attackling T-Birds along the perimeter of the circle.
The ‘Birds caught a lucky break in the 57th minute whenHuisjkens chased down a ball that looked like it was going off theend line. The resulting baseline pass across the goalmouth took abounce off Goodmanson’s kicker and trickled into the net tolift the two-time national champions up 3-1.
In the 60th minute the Vikes had their best opportunity to makeit a one-goal game when Kurianowicz blew by a trio of UBC defenderson a quick self-start from the hash marks. The Canada West FirstTeam All-Star made her way into the circle and laid it off left toan open Marin Davidson. With Francisco drawn out, the ball took atouch on its way and bounced into the air but Davidson was unableto capitalize on the empty net.
The T-Birds pushed their lead to three when a timelysubstitution for Haughn allowed her to pick up a long pass on theright side. Haughn wasted no time and blasted a 40-yard ball to thefar post. A wide open Huijskens made good on a world-class,reverse-stick deflection to tally her third goal of the game andbring the Thunderbirds up 4-1.
The Vikes continued to compete until the final whistle and wererewarded after Kurianowicz battled her way through the circle.Annie Walters-Shumka found herself with the resulting lose ball andher reverse stick sweep went square past Francisco to an openFisher, who tapped it in the empty net.
Sunday’s final gets under way at 3 p.m. PT. The bronzemedal match between Guelph (1-2) and Waterloo (0-3) starts at 1p.m. PT. Both games will be broadcast live at http://cis-sic.tv.
UBC: 2-2: 4
VIC: 1-1: 2
VIC: Amanda Kurianowicz (3), 22nd minute
UBC: Kate Gillis (2), 23rd minute
UBC: Sophie Huijskens (2), 32nd minute
UBC: Sophie Huijskens (3), 57th minute
UBC: Sophie Huijskens (4), 65th minute
VIC: Emily Fisher (1), 70th minute
UBC: 2-2: 4
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (L, 70:00, 4 GA, 2-1)
Players of the game
UBC: Sophie Huijskens (Voorschoten, Netherlands)
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (Victoria, B.C.)
STANDINGS,SCHEDULE & RESULTS (PACIFIC TIME)
Round-robin standings (FINAL)
GP W L T GF GA PTS
1. UBC 3 3 0 0 21 3 9
2. Victoria 3 2 1 0 2 4 6
3. Guelph 3 1 2 0 6 10 3
4. Waterloo 3 0 3 0 0 18 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 5, Waterloo 0
15:00 Game 6: UBC 4, Victoria 2
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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