Vikes fall to Dinos in season opener

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Sept 21, 2014 (ISN) – VICTORIA— The University of Victoria Vikes women’s rugby team kicked off their
2014-15 season at home on Wallace Field against the Calgary Dinos. The Vikes fell
26-8 to the Dinos.

Angela Thompson earned the only try for
Victoria. Kate Scotland proved her conversion abilities for Calgary, kicking three
through the uprights. Karly Guebert, Ellen McGregor, Elysa Sandron and Natasha
Loucks all scored tries for Calgary.

Each squad pushed hard in the first minutes of the game, scrumming deep in both ends.

Victoria’s Jessica Neilson kicked off the scoring with a penalty kick, putting the
Vikes ahead 3-0. The Dinos rallied back, earning 7 points off a well-fought try from
Karly Guebert and a conversion from Kate Scotland, placing them in the lead 7-3.

The Vikes found the Dinos a solid force, having trouble penetrating their defence.
Kara Galbraith had a long run past
Calgary’s back end, but couldn’t bring the ball across the goal line. Moments later
Neilson powered down the right side of the field, again stopped steps from the goal
line.

At the end of the first half, Calgary still led 7-3.

Calgary dominated early in the second half. Ellen McGregor sped past the Victoria
defense, easily earning the Dinos second try of the game. Scotland kicked the
conversion, putting Calgary ahead 14-3.

Midway through the second, Calgary broke through the Victoria end, Elysa Sandron
running a try across the line off a pass from Katherine Procyshyn, putting them
ahead 19-3.

With only minutes left in the match, the Dinos secured their lead, with Natasha
Loucks running a try over the line. Scotland again had the conversion, placing
Calgary 26-3.

Sheriden Davis of Victoria raced down the far left side of field, looking to give
the Vikes their first try of the game, but was tackled down by Calgary.

In the last minute of play, Victoria proved their grit, with Angela
Thompson powering through the goal line
for an unconverted try. The final score was 26-8 in favour of Calgary.

“It was an encouraging start, especially the first 35 minutes of the game,” said
Vikes head coach Mark Hall. “We need to
improve our ball contact, Calgary dominated us in that respect.”

Victoria faces off at a home against Alberta on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at Wallace Field.
Calgary’s next match sees them travel to Lethbridge for Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.

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