VANCOUVER – After a surprise loss at home, the No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds are keen on ending the Canada West men’s soccer regular season on a high note in a similar fashion to last season’s run. They will be facing a tricky matchup against the division’s second-place team, the University of Victoria Vikes, before hosting struggling Trinity Western University in the last game. Last year, after the blue and gold dropped an early season game, the team won 16 consecutive regular season and playoff matches to earn the national title.
This year, the Thunderbirds (9-1) are one point away from sealing the first place in the Pacific Division, and that will be head coach Mike Mosher‘s goal as his team travels to Victoria (6-1-3) on Friday. UBC faced Victoria in the first game of the season and beat them 3-1. Since then, the two teams have combined for just one loss as they quickly separated themselves from the rest of the division. Victoria still has a slim hope of stealing the first place if they win against UBC by at least three goals and then win again on Saturday against the University of the Fraser Valley. They would also need UBC to lost at home in their finale against Trinity Western.
The UBC-TWU game on Sunday will be the last regular season game of the year for both squads. Trinity Western (3-5-2) are still battling for the fourth and final playoff spot along with UBC Okanagan. This means Trinity Western will have to give their all to get something from the Thunderbirds. TWU has only managed three wins this season but a late miracle could see them facing the Thunderbirds again in the playoffs.
UBC’s game on Friday will kick off at 7:15 p.m. at Victoria’s Centennial Stadium. The team’s regular season finale on Sunday will start at 2 p.m. on David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium.
UBC has also confirmed its home playoff date. In the first round of the Canada West league playoffs, The T-Birds will face an opponent to be determined on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.