Stage set for CIS women’s soccer hopefuls in play-off opener

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Senior Maryse Reichgeld will be one to watch in this weekend’s Canada West quarter-final

By Ali Lee, 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – It is a single knockout weekend for the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team as they host the Fraser Valley Cascades, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., in the Canada West quarter-finals. The CIS No. 5-ranked Vikes wrapped up their regular season second in the Pacific Division with an 8-1-3 record, while the unranked Cascades finished in third (7-2-3).

Despite boasting just one loss this season to two-time defending CIS champions Trinity Western, the Vikes have still yet to find victory over the Cascades. In both regular season match ups, Oct. 11 and 18, the Vikes tied 1-1 with Fraser Valley.

In other quarter-final match ups Trinity Western is hosting UBC, Alberta is hosting Calgary and Saskatchewan is hosting MacEwan. Winners of each of the four matches will move on to the Canada West Final Four, hosted at the top-seeded Pacific Division team that wins this weekend.

Fourth-year Emma Greig had a slow start to the season but has come alive to lead the Vikes with seven goals and lead the conference with seven assists. Third-year transfer and Vikes keeper Meaghan Storie leads the Canada West in save percentage (0.865), while outside of Greig, the team’s scoring has been largely spread amongst the senior class. Fifth years Jaclyn Sawicki and Carly Branion-Calles have scored four and three goals, respectively, while fellow senior Cassie Dennis has notched two.

Third-year transfer Abigail Raymer has provided an offensive spark for the past two weekends. The Missouri transfer and late addition has scored one goal, put up 12 shots and started all four games that she has been eligible for.

The Cascades have conceded their only two losses to the Trinity Western Spartans, 2-1 and 4-2, and have had 12 of their 19 goals come from just two players. Fifth-year striker Shelby Beck and rookie forward Monika Levarsky have six goals each and are easily the most lethal players on the team. The Cascades boast a solid defensive core backed by third-year keeper Kayla Klim who has logged five regular season shut outs and a save percentage of 0.841.

Vikes head coach Tracy David will have a tough task this weekend as it the do-or-die match up is David’s ticket to her sixth possible appearance at the CIS Championship. The Vikes last appeared at nationals in 2012, when they hosted the eight-team event and finished with CIS bronze.

The Vikes will kick-off this Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. at UVic’s Centennial Stadium.