By Ardy Ramezani, Vikes Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s soccer teams will host their Annual Keg Cup, this weekend, Mar. 21-22 at Centennial Stadium. The two-day tournament will feature a total of five schools, four women’s teams and four men’s teams, including the Trinity Western Spartans, Fraser Valley Cascades, UBC Thunderbirds and the Alberta Pandas.
Meeting for the first time since the pre-season, the Vikes women will face Canada West No. 4 the Alberta Pandas in their opening match. With the new Canada West playing format, the Vikes and Pandas never played each other in regular season and their last match up ended in a 0-0 draw last August. Alberta finished the season on top of the Prairie division with a 7-1-4 record, while the Vikes concluded their season with an 8-1-3 record to sit second in the Pacific division.
Although both teams made it to Canada West conference playoffs, they both had their CIS hopes dashed by Fraser Valley, who continued their campaign to finish fourth at the CIS championship. Powerhouse Trinity Western who were denied their CIS three-peat in 2014 by Laval, will return for this weekend’s tournament. The CIS silver medallists will play the UBC Thunderbirds in their opening match up.
On the men’s side, the Vikes will first take on the Trinity Western Spartans in their opening game. The Vikes were undefeated against the Spartans this past season and finished with an 8-1-3 record in the conference while the Spartans finished 3-6-3. Although the Vikes reached the Canada West Final Four, their season was ended short as they were unable to advance to the CIS championship due to a loss to Saskatchewan.
Fraser Valley, who topped the Explorers Division this fall, will play the UBC Thunderbirds in their opening match up. Fraser Valley were ousted from a spot at the Canada West Final Four in a 2-1 game that went in favour of Victoria. The Thunderbirds finished third in the Pioneers Division (14-6) and were the Canada West bronze medallists, while also carried the conference MVP and Rookie of the Year.
All teams will play straight into a semifinal with the winners of the day one matches advancing to the gold medal final while the remainderwill match up in a consolation final.
Last year, the Vikes men dropped the then CIS champions UBC Thunderbirds 3-0, while the women drew with Alberta in the consolation final. To capture the cup on the women’s side, UBC upset the then CIS champions the Trinity Western 2-1.
The event is supported by the Keg Restaurant in Victoria thanks to the generous support of Mr. John Tinker. Every year, for the past 15-plus years, Tinker and The Keg Restaurant have provided steak dinners for the 175 participants of UVic’s annual Keg Cup. Over the years, there have been no other individuals or companies that have been so reliable and integral to the varsity soccer programs as Tinker and the Keg, whose support of the Vikes also extends beyond the soccer programs. In 2013, Tinker donated $10,000 in gift cards to the annual Vikes cross country tree sales holiday fundraiser.
The tournament kicks-off Saturday at 10 a.m. as the UBC women’s side faces the Trinity Western Spartans. The Vikes women will play at 2 p.m. against Alberta while the men will take the pitch right after at 4 p.m. as they take on the Trinity Western Spartans. All games will be played at Centennial Stadium with admission free of charge. There will be no live broadcast or live stats.
Saturday, March 21
Game A Women 10 AM UBC Trinity Western
Game B Men 12 PM UBC Fraser Valley
Game C Women 2 PM Victoria Alberta
Game D Men 4 PM Victoria Trinity Western
Sunday, March 22
Bronze medal Women 10 AM Loser of Game A Loser of Game C
Bronze medal Men 12 PM Loser of Game B Loser of Game D
Gold medal Women 2 PM Winner of Game A Winner of Game C
Gold medal Men 4 PM Winner of Game A Winner of Game D