By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications (with information from UBC Sports Information)
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Four first-half goals couldn’t separate the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds and the No. 9 Victoria Vikes on Oct. 9 as the two Canada West women’s soccer teams shared the points in a 2-2 draw in Vancouver at Thunderbird Stadium. UBC is now 8-1-1 on the season and remains in first place in the Canada West Pacific Division standings, while Victoria sits tied for second with Trinity Western at 6-2-2.
Second-year Vike Emily Lieuwen followed up UBC midfielder Taylor Shannik’s opening goal in the third minute with a goal of her own in the sixth. First-year forward Kiara Kilbey gave the Vikes the lead seven minutes later with a headed effort off a corner. Both Vikes goals were created off swung in corners from third-year midfielder Stephanie Badilla-Gutierrez.
T-Birds forward Jasmin Dhanda equalized for UBC in the 42nd minute to cap off the evening’s scoring. For the game, only UBC’s Olivia de Goede was credited with any stops: two in the first half. Victoria had the advantage in corner kicks, 6-4.
Standing just outside the penalty area with the ball, Shannik laid a pass for Dhanda, who fired a rocket into the top right corner for her sixth goal of the Canada West conference season.
The offensive fireworks started early on Friday with Shannik’s third-minute goal. UBC defender Madison Guy had the ball in the left corner and crossed it towards the far post. Shannik met the ball and headed it back across goal, finding the bottom left corner to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
The Vikes then went ahead on two quick scores, both coming off corner kicks. In the eighth minute, Lieuwen headed teammate Stephanie Badilla Gutierrez’s corner kick into the net low inside the right post to tie the game 1-1.
A minute later, UBC nearly re-took the lead when Dhanda nailed a shot off the crossbar from twenty-five yards out.
The Vikes took full advantage in the 14th minute, when Kilbey slotted home a loose ball on a goalmouth scramble that followed a corner from Badilla Gutierrez, who earned her second assist of the night on the play. UBC had cleared the shot away from the goal but the ball was ruled to have gone completely over the line before being knocked away.
The second half was decidedly more defensive as UBC didn’t allow any Vikes shots in the final 45 minutes, while directing four towards the Victoria net.
Neither goalkeeper made a save in the second half. For the game, only UBC’s Olivia de Goede was credited with any stops: two in the first half. Victoria had the advantage in corner kicks, 6-4.
Both teams will continue league play in southern Alberta next weekend. UBC will play Calgary (Oct. 17) and Lethbridge (Oct. 18) while Victoria will face the same squads, but in reverse order. All matches can be streamed live on canadawest.tv.