By Ali Lee, with files from TWU Communications
The CIS No.8-ranked University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team extended their undefeated streak to four tonight, Sept. 18, after dropping the Trinity Western Spartans 1-0 in Langley. Late heroics from fifth-year Vikes midfielder Dominic Colantonio put the Vikes at 3-0-1 conference record, while the Spartans fall to 2-1.
A 74th-minute goal from Victoria’s Colantonio broke open a scoreless contest was all that was needed to secure the win as the Vikes put six shots on target. Fourth-year Vikes keeper Noah Pawlowski faced just one shot between the pipes to nab his third victory of the season, while Trinity Western fired 10 other attempts outside of the cage. Midfielder Craig Gorman led the team with four shots in his 90 minutes played, while Sam Prette, Cam Hundal and Colantonio also were major offensive threats throughout the match. “We hit the post and three or four excellent chances all in the first half and we did well in the end to score,” described Bruce Wilson, head coach of the Vikes, after the win. “I was quite pleased with the way everyone played and overall we dominated the game. We had the most chances and I think we deserved the win.”Trinity Western was led in attack by Domenico Poletto, who mustered three shots, while Leighton Johnson and Elie Gindo also got on the stats sheet. Keeper Andrew Hicks made five key saves in the game for the Spartans, whose late efforts to tie the game saw two yellow cards dealt in the final six minutes.
While both teams had strong possession at times, Trinity Western was unable to break through and the Vikes’ Colantonio seized an opportunity on a counter-attack and knocked home the winner. Vikes fifth-year co-captain and midfielder Hundal sparked the counter move and ultimately set up Colantonio to decide the game.
“Keevan Webb was very strong at the back for us tonight,” added Wilson on the third-year transfer. “Hundal and Gorman were excellent tonight as was Dominic. To be honest, it really was a whole team performance and I’m very pleased to pick up these three points.”The loss held Trinity Western from earning a third-straight win to start the season for the first time since 2007. The Vikes had a strong opening half and largely overwhelmed a young Spartans side, but the visitors were unable to beat Hicks on five shots on target.
In the second half, the balance of play saw both teams take a few offensive swings, but it took Hundal’s game-deciding counter-attack to finally see an offensiveforay prove fruitful.
The Spartans will now prepare to host UBC Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Rogers Field. Victoria will travel to Fraser Valley Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live atcanadawest.tv.
“Fraser Valley are a tough team,” said Wilson, on the Vikes’ next match up. “They lost 3-2 to UBC tonight and they are used their smaller, artificial field, which is a bit of a problem for us. Our team pickin gup three points tonight though puts in a good position entering tomorrow’s game.”SCORING SUMMARY
TWU: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: 0 – 1 : 1SCORING LEADERS
UVIC: Dominic Colantonio (74′)GAME MVPs
TWU: #1 Andrew Hicks
UVIC: #21 Dominic Colantonio