VICTORIA—The UVic women’s soccer team completed their perfect weekend Saturday, September 10, with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars at Centennial Stadium.
“We don’t get to play Mount Royal or MacEwan very often. I think we put together two very solid performances. We have to give credit to Mount Royal today, they scored on us earlier and that set us back a bit,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “We had to fight to come out of that. I’m proud of the efforts our players put in, they put in a really good shift this weekend. We were fortunate enough to come away with the win.”
The first goal of the game came against the run of play, Mount Royal was able to absorb early pressure from the Vikes and then hit them with a quick counter attack.
Ten minutes into the game midfielder Emily Sands collected the ball just inside the Vikes half and sent a ball up to Carlyn Neis. Neis was able to move the ball onto her left foot and fire a shot far-post that just beat Vikes goalkeeper Puck Louwes.
“To score first always gives a team a lift, so they had the momentum there for a little bit,” said David.
The Cougars kept the pressure on. Just one minute after they scored, Louwes was called into action again and was just able to tip the ball wide.
The Vikes responded in the 26th minute. Fifth-year forward Mia Gunter was able to settle down a bouncing ball just inside the 18-yard box and let an absolute rocket of a shot go that Cailyn Leeson in the Cougars net had no chance to stop.
Just like they did the night before against MacEwan, the Vikes took the momentum from the goal they scored and ran with it. Leeson made multiple saves throughout the rest of the first half. None of them larger than when Sarah Douglas volleyed a ball from just outside the six-yard box that Leeson was somehow able to get her body behind.
“I think we responded well. They knew that if we kept working hard and we kept doing the things that we needed to do to be successful that we would have an opportunity,” said David. “We also knew that we had to keep Mount Royal off the scoreboard as well.”
The Vikes kept that momentum up throughout the second half and their persistence finally paid off in the 56th minute when they scored the goal that would put them in front of the Cougars for good.
Sarah Badilla Gutierrez sent a cross into the Mount Royal penalty area that led to chaos. Two Vikes (Sarah Douglas and Mia Gunter) and a Cougars defender all collided going for the ball. It was Douglas that regained her footing first and the fifth-year Vike was able to blast the ball into the open net.
After they gained the lead, the Vikes did a great job of running out the clock limiting not only Mount Royal’s scoring chances but also their time of possession.
The Vikes are back in action next weekend when they travel to the lower mainland to take on the University of Fraser Valley Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans.
SCORING 1 2 FINAL
Victoria (2-0-1) 1 1 2
Mount Royal (0-2-0) 1 0 1
UVIC: Emily Lieuwen
Mount Royal: Carlyn Neis