VICTORIA, B.C.- The Canada West Universities Athletic Association made the announcement of the 2015-16 men’s and women’s soccer schedules today, June 8. The releases are the first of month long announcements of Canada West’s 19 different sports schedules for the 2015-16 season.
The Vikes men will open their regular season on the road as they take on mainland rivals UBC on Sept. 5at Thunderbirds Stadium. This match will be the lone game of the weekend as the first complete weekend of Canada West conference play for both the men and women is slated for September 11-13.
Vikes fans will get to see their team in action at home on Sept. 11-12, as the Vikes will take on UNBC in back-to-back games at Centennial Stadium.
After eight weeks of regular season play, the Vikes men’s soccer team will aim to reach the top-four seeds in the Pacific division standings to reach the quarterfinals on Oct. 31. Unlike last year’s inter-regional crossover quarters, this year Canada West features crossover quarterfinals (Pacific vs. Prarie). The top seeded team in the Pacific and Prairie division will be matched up against the lowest seed in the each other’s division, while the second and third seeded teams from each division will play each other.
The top four remaining teams will then qualify for the Canada West Final Four, hosted by the highest remaining Pacific team on Nov. 7-8. The following week, the top eight schools in the country will battle for the Sam Davidson Memorial in Toronto, Ont. as York University hosts the men’s CIS Championship fromNov. 12-15.
On the women’s side, the Vikes will kick-off their season on home pitch at Centennial stadium against the UBC Thunderbirds on Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.
Regular season play concludes on the Oct. 24 for the women, and the unlike the men, the women’s schedule features a regional playoff weekend, with three teams from both the Pacific and Prairie division advancing to the Canada West Select Six. The highest advancing seed from each region receives a quarterfinal bye at the conference tournament, before playing a semi-final matchup against the other region’s quarterfinal winner.
The Canada West Select Six, will be hosted by the Prairie division’s highest remainined seed on Nov. 5-8. Should the Vikes women reach nationals, they wont have to travel far from home, as UBC will host the CIS Championship from Nov. 12-15.