By Ali Lee, with files from Fraser Valley Cascades Athletics
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team earned their second-straight draw, 1-1, against the Fraser Valley Cascades on Oct. 11 in Abbotsford, B.C. The Vikes are second in the Pacific Division with a 6-1-3 record, while the Cascades are on spot back with a 5-4-1 record.
Coming off their biggest win of the season the night before, the Cascades men’s soccer team had just enough left in the tank to claim a point against the No. 6 Victoria Vikes.
In their last home date of the regular season at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, the Cascades got a goal from Colton O’Neill in the 79th minute to ensure a 1-1 draw with their Island rivals.
Cameron Stokes scored his seventh goal and figured he had staked the Vikes to a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute, but the Cascades pressed for the equalizer and finally got it via O’Neill, who notched his team-leading fifth goal of the campaign. It was his first from open play, the previous four having come on penalty kicks.
The Cascades, coming off a thrilling 2-1 road triumph on Friday over previously undefeated and CIS No. 1-ranked UBC, found themselves trailing in the first half on Stokes’ strike.
After O’Neill’s second-half equalizer, Fraser Valley continued to press and had a few more quality looks at goal, including a close-range header by O’Neill that was swallowed up by Vikes keeper Noah Pawlowski.
The Vikes had a great chance to claim the victory in the last minute of regulation, as Justin Donaldson got on the end of a low cross into the box. But Cascades keeper Mark Village came up with a huge sprawling save.
The Cascades (5-4-1, 16 points) tightened their grip on third place in the Pacific Division after Trinity Western lost 3-0 to UBC on Saturday. Second-place Victoria (6-1-3, 21 points) maintained their five-point cushion on UFV in the standings.
There’s just one weekend remaining in the Canada West regular season, and the Cascades wrap things up on the road against Trinity Western next Friday and at UVic on Saturday. The Vikes host UBC on Friday prior to their rematch with UFV.
UFV: 0 – 1 : 1
UVIC: 1 – 0 : 1
UFV: Colton O’Neill (79′)
UVIC: Cameron Stokes (30′)