Veterans lift Vikes over No. 10 T-Birds in home opener

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Sept 5, 2014 (INS) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The No. 7-ranked University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team
found their first win in as many games after defeating the No. 10 UBC Thunderbirds
on Sept. 5 at Centennial Stadium. Second-half efforts lifted the home side in front
of nearly 1,200 fans to now hold a 1-0-0 record, while the ‘Birds fall 0-1-0.


The Vikes tallied in each half, first from veteran Jaclyn
Sawicki and later from Lindsay
Machin. First-year Victoria native
Meaghan Storie was called to action to
handle five key saves as the Vikes out-shot the T-Birds 12-9.

For the visitors, keeper Emily Wilson made nine saves in the game to keep the
Thunderbirds alive through 90 minutes of play. Taylor Shannik was the lone UBC
player to get on the board, while Nicole Sydor provided most of the lethality up

“We really wanted to look to our veterans this weekend and today you really could
see a team that was gritty and determined,” said Vikes head coach Tracy
David, who enters her 13th season. “UBC
certainly responded well in the second half and never gave us a moment where we felt
like were fully in control.”

T-Birds striker Sydor was the first to put Vikes keeper Storie to the test. Sydor’s
header went just wide of the net but sent a clear message about UBC’s offensive
intent. Six minutes following, fourth-year forward Emma
Greig gave the Vikes their first chance
but her low show from the top of the box rolled just wide of the post.

First-half play continued to move from end to end with the better of the chances
falling to the Thunderbirds. A series of Shannik corner kicks couldn’t provide any
opportunity for the visitors, while the Vikes were able to capitalize on a critical
chance in the 38th minute. Greig ran the ball down the right side and along the end
line calmly found the right foot of Sawicki who made no mistake to get the Vikes up

The Vikes almost doubled their score line when Natasha
Magnus unleashed a gritty shot from the
top of the 18-yard-box but Wilson was again on top of it once again. Second-year
T-Bird Aman Shirgill had an equalizing chance just before the break but her header
was saved by Storie to keep the game 1-0 in favour of the Vikes.

UBC head coach Andrea Neil’s half-time chat seemed to be pivotal as less than two
minutes into the second frame the T-Birds equalized on a rocket of a shot. Amrit
Berar set up Shannik, who buried it from well outside the box to tie the game at

End-to-end action continued as a few minutes later Vikes forward Greig was tripped
up in the box by Shergill to give Sawicki a free go from the penalty spot.

Wilson got her hands on Sawicki’s penalty kick and the ball ricocheted off the cross
bar to keep the score even.

There was no shortage of action in the final 15 minutes of play with the T-Birds
creating several opportunities from outside the box, while the Vikes were causing
havoc inside.

In the 77th minute, third-year defender Machin headed in a left-side cross from
Sarah Douglas to get the Vikes up 2-1.
With momentum building, Carly
Branion-Calles very soon after found
herself on a break away run. Wilson stood tall for the close-range shot and the
rebound attempt keeping the T-Birds within one.

“Credit to the UBC keeper (Wilson) today,” added David. “She was outstanding in goal
for them and UBC has shown that they are a team that will only continue to get
better and better.”

The Vikes held on to their 2-1 advantage to earn their first win of the season. Up
next the Vikes will host the two-time defending CIS national champions, Trinity
Western, currently ranked second in the CIS, on Sept. 6 at 5:00 p.m. at Centennial
Stadium. The T-Birds will travel to face the Fraser Valley Cascades on Sept. 7 at
12:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live at