Sept 23,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA— The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team has proved they’re good on the road, earning wins against Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan last weekend. They bring this momentum that saw them topple TRU 4-0 and UBC Okanagan 2-1 to Prince George this weekend, where they face UNBC for a doubleheader weekend, Sept. 27 and 28 at 2:15 p.m.
The Vikes are currently 3-1-0 for the season.
Rookie Michael Baart has already collected four goals in four games, sending a ball each past the UBCO and TRU goalkeepers. Baart is currently the CIS 2nd Star of the Week.
Cameron Stokes also collected a pair of goals this past weekend, scoring twice against Thompson Rivers. Dominic Colantonio and Cam Hundal rounded out the scoring for the Vikes winning weekend.
“Baart continues to be exceptional,” said head coach Bruce Wilson, adding “Our centre backs Alex Redpath and Rhyse Harnden have played virtually every minute of our four matches. They’re incredibly solid on defence.” Goalie Noah Pawlowski also continues to dominate his net, earning a shutout against Thompson Rivers last weekend.
The UNBC Timberwolves come off a disappointing weekend, losing twice to UFV, 3-1 and 2-1. A preseason Canada West ranking placed the Timberwolves 11th overall after a 2013-14 season record of 2-9-3.
UNBC Head coach Alan Alderson is a former Vikes player. “I know the Timberwolves have improved since last year and want to compete,” said Wilson. “It’s up to us to perform.”
Both teams face back-to-back games. “Playing the same team twice in one weekend isn’t ideal, but our roster is 100 per cent injury free and our substitutes are just as strong as the starting lineup,” said Wilson.
The Vikes kickoff in Prince George against the Timberwolves on Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. and again on Sept. 28 at 12 p.m.
Scouting the UNBC Timberwolves
CW Preseason Coaches’ Poll Ranking: 11th overall, 5th in Pacific
2013-14 CW Tournament Placing: N/A
2013-14 CIS Tournament Placing: N/A
2013-14 Conference Record: 2-9-3
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Key returnees: F Tofa Fakunle, D Logan Phenuff, M Brett Bobier, D Conner Noftle, GK Ty Venhola, M Amedee Cimana, F Cheona Edzerza
Key additions: M Dan Goodey, GK Rob Goodey, F Francessco Bartolillo, M Josh McAvoy, D Gordon Hall, F Brandon Wallace, M Conrad Rowlands, D Ben Gosse, D Dylan Pagnotta, M James Stephens
Key departures: M Tyson Hunter, D David Chin, M Alan Zhao, D Liam MacPhail, M Jake Vickers