By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team takes to the road this weekend in Langley and Abbotsford for games against the Trinity Western Spartans on Sept. 18 before taking on the Fraser Valley Cascades Saturday, Sept. 19. The undefeated Vikes are now 2-0-1 in regular season play, while for the first time this season the Vikes are now ranked in the CIS, currently at No. 7.
The Vikes took both games of a two-game series this past weekend, Sept. 11-12, against the UNBC Timberwolves at Centennial Stadium, including a dominant 3-0 win on Friday and an exciting 5-3 comeback victory the following day. Vikes forward Craig Gorman and defender Keevan Webb both scored in each of the wins, while they were also named Canada West Second and Third Stars of the Week, respectively.
An exciting crowd of nearly 2,800 witnessed the Vikes down the Timberwolves easily in their first game of the weekend before the Vikes overturned a 3-1 second half deficit on Saturday thanks to three goals from the Vikes in nine minutes. Gorman’s tally in both games stretched his goal-scoring streak to seven games including pre-season and regular season play.
The Vikes’ match up with Trinity Western pins Canada West’s top two teams in the Pacific Division against each other as an early test in the season. Both teams are riding the momentum of weekend sweeps and two-game win streaks.
The Spartans sit 2-0 this season after beating over Thompson Rivers 3-1 and UBC Okanagan 1-0 in their opening weekend, Sept. 12-13. Last season, the Vikes took four out of six points from the Spartans in Canada West thanks to a 3-2 victory at Centennial Stadium on Sept. 6, 2014 and a 0-0 draw later in October.
It’s been a mixed bag of results for the Fraser Valley to date as the Cascades beat UBC Okanagan 2-0 before getting downed 3-0 against Thompson Rivers. However, the split results sees them sitting third in the Pacific Division, setting up a weekend of high level clashes for the Vikes this weekend.
The Vikes got the best of the Cascades last season in both the Canada West regular season and playoffs, taking four out of six points from the Cascades before ousting them 2-1 at Centennial Stadium on Oct. 26 to secure their spot in the Canada West Final Four.