by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
ISN) – VICTORIA – University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer midfielderDominic Colantonio was awarded Canada West 2nd Star of the Week honours after his two-goal performance this past weekend against UBC. Alberta Golden Bears volleyball left side Ryley Barnes and Manitoba Bisons hockey forward Alanna Sharman were named the Canada West 1st Stars of the Week for their stellar performances while steering their teams to road victories over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Sharman scored four goals, and assisted on another while registering a plus/minus rating of +5 as the Bisons passed an early road test at Mount Royal. Soccer standouts Dominic Colantonio (Victoria Vikes) and Colin Hasick (Calgary Dinos) were honoured as Men’s 2nd and 3rd Star of the Week, respectively.
In women’s sports, Hannah Haughn (UBC Thunderbirds Field Hockey, 2nd Star) and Janelle Zapski (Saskatchewan Huskies Soccer, 3rd Star) were also recognized.
2nd Star: #21 Dominic Colantonio, Victoria (Soccer)
In probably the biggest winning weekend of the season, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team did what they needed to clinch a hosting seed in the Canada West quarter-finals and then some. On October 18 Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson rested over half of his usual starting line-up against defending CIS champions, UBC, preparing for a much-needed win the following night against Fraser Valley.
Much to Wilson’s surprise and pleasure, the young Vikes lineup that showed up to play the powerhouse T-Birds, now 9-2-1, served them their second loss of the season. The Vikes, who still only have one loss to their name, earned those unexpected three points thanks to third-year midfielder Dominic Colantonio. In his final regular season weekend at home, the humanities major put away a penalty kick in the 83rd minute and one-timed a ball from the top of the 18-yard-box in the 90th to stun the Thunderbirds. The Vikes had not defeated UBC in regular season play since October 16, 2011, the same year the Vikes won their fifth CIS national title.
The Friday win eased efforts in Saturday’s match up against Fraser Valley, where the Vikes went on to sweep the weekend with a 3-1 victory. Colantonio was a starter in the match and went on to enjoy the six-point weekend and, ultimately, hosting rights for their conference quarterfinal match up. The Vikes will play Fraser Valley on October 25 at 7:15 p.m. The winner will move on to the conference Final Four to be played at the top Prairie Division school.