Cascades topple Vikes in crucial Canada West clash

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VICTORIA— With pouring rain and gusts of wind setting the back drop, the University of Fraser Valley Cascades were able to escape Victoria with all three points after defeating the Vikes 2-1 in a close contest.

“I thought that our team played well enough to get at least a point out of tonight’s game. I thought a draw would have been a bit more fair,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David.

The loss drops the Vikes to 5-3-3. The Cascades record now sits at 7-2-2

Emily Lieuwen scored the Vikes lone goal, while Monika Levarsky scored twice in the game to give the CIS No. 9 ranked Cascades the win.

The Vikes came out looking perfectly comfortable in the less than favourable conditions.

In just the second minute of the game, third-year winger Olivia Swinton put on a burst of speed to fly past her defender down the far side of the pitch. Swinton played a perfect ball across the face of goal to a waiting Emily Lieuwen. Lieuwen tapped the ball into the open net to score her fourth goal of the season and give UVic the early lead.

With the wind gusting, playing the ball in the air was ruled out for the rest of the first half, forcing both teams to play the ball short and keep it on the turf.

The Cascades slowly started to win the all-important battle in the middle of the field and evened the game back up halfway through the first half.

The dangerous Monika Levarsky was able to find just a pocket of space in between two Vikes defenders. Danica Kump played a nice ball to Levarsky’s feet and she fired it into the net.

Levarsky almost gave the Cascades the lead before the half but Vikes goal keeper Meaghan Storie made a great point blank save to keep the teams even heading into the break.

The weather calmed down during the half and just like at the start of the game the Vikes were all over the Cascades early.

The Vikes fired three shots toward the Cascades net in the first minutes of the second half but were unable to find the target on any of them.

Just as in the first half, the Cascades weathered the early Vikes pressure and then began to work their way back into the game.

Caitlin Milham had the Vikes best chance to score in the second half with just twenty minutes left in the game. Milham made a great run into the box and was able to get a foot onto a cross from Sarah Douglas but the ball sailed just over the cross bar.

The game was the first one back for Milham after a lengthy time away from action due to injury.  The third-year winger looked dangerous all night for the Vikes and was unlucky not to find herself on the score sheet.

“Caitlin is such a dynamic winger. I would call her a classic winger, she loves to go one vs one, she’s aggressive and chases everything down. She’s a scrambler who is going to be in the mix at all times. I thought she had a good performance today,” said David.

The Cascades scored the game winner with just seven minutes left on the clock.

Levarsky received a through ball, collided with a Vikes defender but was able to stay on her feet and beat Storie for her second goal of the game.

The Vikes pushed for an equalizer late and put the Cascades under a lot of pressure but were unable to find the back of the net.

“Both goals were errors on our part and Fraser Valley was able to capitalize on our mistakes. The volley that Caitlin just hit over the crossbar was unlucky. It’s a game of inches and a game of seconds,” said David.

The Cascades will travel back to Vancouver to play the UBC Thunderbirds tomorrow, October 15.

The Vikes meanwhile, will get a day off before they are back in action on Sunday, October 16. The Vikes will host the CIS No. 2 ranked and Canada West leading Trinity Western Spartans at Centennial Stadium.

Both games can be watched live on canadawest.tv


SCORING                          1     2     FINAL
Victoria (5-3-3)                   1     0     1
UFV (7-2-2)                        1     1     2

GAME MVPS

UVIC: Rachel Baird
UFV: Monika Levarsky

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