by James Nielsen, Vikes Communications
March 23, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – Competition in the annual Keg Spring Cup wrapped up Mar. 23, with the University of Victoria Vikes men’s team dropping a 3-0 decision to CIS champion UBC Thunderbirds in the men’s gold medal game, while the Vikes women played to a 0-0 draw with the University of Alberta in Sunday’s consolation round.
The women’s gold medal game saw UBC upsetting the CIS champion Trinity Western Spartans 2-1.
Coming off of a 1-0 loss Saturday, the Vikes women’s squad returned to the field for Sunday’s first game of the day. The Vikes received several through-ball opportunities that they were unable to capitalize on due in large part to heads-up plays by the Spartans goalkeeper. Emma Greig had the closest opportunity for the Vikes, firing a high ball from inside the six-yard box.
The Vikes took over in the second half of play, outshooting Alberta 12-2, but were unable to put the ball into the back of the net, settling for a 0-0 draw in their consolation round.
The Vikes men took to the field in the final game of the day, facing the top team in the CIS in the Thunderbirds. Despite an evenly played first half, the Vikes fell down 2-0 after UBC took advantage of opportunities in their attacking third of the field. Goals from Sean Einarsson and Niall Cousens put the visiting team up 2-0 heading into halftime.
Playing in his final CIS game along with fellow senior Bobby Eng, Vikes captain Andrew Ravenhill opened up the second half leading a rush down the field. The fifth-year defender sprinted down the field before cutting back and launching a cross-pass to teammate Kurt Macaulay who then fired a shot on net that sailed into the Vancouver ‘keepers arms, thanks to solid positioning.
Another goal from Cousens following a pair of Vikes chances put the visiting squad up 3-0 early in the second half and would be the final tally in the match, despite improved ball possession by the Vikes throughout the remainder of the game. Cousen’s was stellar in Sunday’s match, assisting on UBC’s opening goal and adding two of his own.
In Sunday’s other matches, rookie forward Jasmin Dhanda led the UBC squad to a first-place finish over the Spartans, despite a late TWU goal in the 86th minute of play that cut the lead to 2-1. The men’s consolation match saw the University of Fraser Valley edging out the Spartans with a 1-0 win.