Veteran Veljacic scores game winner as Vikes sweep weekend against Dinos


Sept 14, 2014 (ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team found
their second win in as many games after beating the Calgary Dinos 1-0 at Hawkings
Field on Sept. 14. Less five goals from yesterdays shut out, the Vikes had
difficulties converting on mulitple penalty corner options but nonetheless start
their season with a 2-0-0 record. The young Dinos drop to 0-2-0 in the Canada West.

One goal was all that was needed for today’s three points and it was credited to
Alexis Veljacic in the seventh minute
of play. The Coquitlam, B.C. native is the only fifth year on the team and the
penalty-corner finish is the first goal for the senior defender in all five seasons
playing with the Vikes.

“We scored on early on a penatly corner by Lexi and it was nice to see her score her
first goal,” said Vikes head coach Lynne
Beecroft. “It fits our theme of not
relying on any one person to score goals. We weren’t able to get many past their
goal keeper today and we definitely have some work to do on penalty corners.”

The visiting Vikes had upward of 15 penalty corner opportunities that were
squandered away by the Calgary goalkeeping of Alicia Frisch, who is a fourth-year
transfer from the University of Maine. The Dinos packed the circle making the
congested space difficult for the Vikes to create chances. Regardless, the Vikes
were unable to capitalize on their penalty corners leaving Veljacic’s goal the game

“They played a little more defensive today with almost all 11 players always in the
25-yard area,” described Beecroft. “We definitely had our work cut out for us but
overall it’s still a really good start. I’m pleased with the result, two wins, and I
know we will have to come home and do some more work before we play UBC.”

The Vikes will travel to Vancouver to play the defending CIS champions, the UBC
Thunderbirds, who also turnover a lot of players. The T-Birds Vikes double-header
will happen on Sept. 20-21 with both games being played at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Meanwhile, the Dinos will take a weekend off before turning around to host the
Thunderbirds on Sept. 27-28. The three-team conference will continue their home-away
series until the CIS National Championship set in Toronto, Ont. for Oct. 30 to Nov.

CGY: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: 1 – 0 : 1

UVIC: Alexis Veljacic (7′)

CGY: Alicia Frisch (70 minutes played, 1 GA)
UVIC: Larissa Piva (70 minnutes played,
0 GA)

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