Vikes give back to Victoria-area soccer community


Sept 11, 2014 (ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – Despite a packed schedule that includes five practices a week and
an exhibition game against the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 this Sunday, the University
of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team is dedicating this Saturday to community
soccer in Victoria.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, over 200 youth U-8 soccer players will partake in a FIFA
grassroots festival, with coaching help provided by Vikes players. Lakehill, Oak Bay
and the Prospect Lake soccer communities are all involved. This Canadian Soccer
Association and BC Soccer festival will focus on coach and player development.

“Our players are consumed with school and soccer and don’t get a lot of
opportunities as varsity athletes to develop their own coaching skills. This weekend
will be a great experience for the entire team,” said Vikes head coach Tracy

All Vikes women’s varsity soccer players earn a She Kicks
certification, an initiative launched as a Vikes-hosted 2012 Women’s Soccer
Championships legacy project.

“I was asked last year if the Vikes would want to help with a youth tournament and
we said yes immediately, but the event ended up being cancelled because of poor
weather. It made perfect sense to offer the UVic turf fields as the venue,” said

The Vikes look to inspire the next generation of players, coming off an undefeated
weekend that saw them down UBC 2-1 and draw against defending CIS champions Trinity
Western. The Vikes are currently ranked fifth in the CIS Top 10 rankings.

The Whitecaps give the Vikes a chance to showcase their skills and work on key
improvement areas. “The game gives us a chance to work on our training in a game
setting,” said David. “We’ll be focused on our transition game and defense.”

The women take on the Whitecaps U23 team on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2:00 p.m. at
Centennial Stadium. They resume CIS play on Sept. 19 and 20, traveling to the
Okanagan, visiting UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers.

The U-8 tournament runs from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 on the UVic Turf fields.