VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds will close out the Canada West women’s soccer season this weekend against a pair of teams ranked in the top 10 of the CIS, as they travel to the University of Victoria for a match on Friday before returning home for a Sunday matinee against Trinity Western University on David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium.
The Thunderbirds are guaranteed a spot in the Canada West divisional playoffs along with No. 6 Victoria, No. 1 Trinity Western and Fraser Valley. UBC owns a record of 5-3-2 this season and is currently in fourth place. The team still has a slim chance of that changing after the weekend.
UBC needs to win both games this weekend and hope Victoria loses both. If that happens, that would leave both teams level on points. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head results. The Vikes (7-1-2) won the first meeting against the T-Birds 2-1 on Sept. 5 in the provincial capital. If UBC wins on Friday, it would have to be by at least two goals to have any chance of moving out of fourth place as the second tiebreaker is goal differential between the tied teams. The blue and gold could also end the regular season tied in points with the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, but UFV owns the tiebreaker having gone 1-0-1 against the Thunderbirds this year.
After the trip to Victoria, UBC comes back to host the national champion Trinity Western Spartans. It is the last 2014 regular season game at Thunderbird Stadium. TWU (9-0-1) beat UBC 3-0 last weekend in Langley, B.C. If the Canada West standings remain the same after this weekend, it would mean UBC would play Trinity Western again in the first round of the playoffs.
Friday night’s game will kick off at 5 p.m. at Victoria’s Centennial Stadium, while Sunday’s regular season finale will begin at 2 p.m. on David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium.