Vikes clinch berth at nationals with big win over Calgary

VICTORIA—The UVic Vikes did exactly what they needed to do to ensure that their season would continue beyond this weekend. Cilia van Nierop and Rosie Beale both scored two goals to help the Vikes defeat the Calgary Dinos 6-0 on October 15.

The win clinched second place in Canada West and a spot in the CIS National Championship tournament for the Vikes.

This will be the twelfth year in a row that the Vikes will play for the chance to be crowned the top team in Canada.

Linsday Cole and Emily Wong scored the other Vikes goals, while Larissa Piva earned her second shutout of the season in the UVic net.

“We played a little bit rattled in the first few minutes but after that I think that we played well,” saidLynne Beecroft, head coach of the Vikes.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Vikes, despite the lopsided score line.

The Dinos came out of the gates strong and went toe-to-toe with the Vikes in the early portion of the game.

“For the first ten or 15 minutes I thought we played really well, then the Vikes came back and picked up the speed. It was a good game for us, the score doesn’t actually justify how well we played,” said Peter Taylor, head coach of the Dinos.

The Vikes got on the board first 18 minutes into the game.

A well-worked penalty corner resulted in van Nierop firing a shot past Ingrid Ulrich in net for the Dinos.

The Vikes didn’t look back after scoring the opening goal and dominated the rest of the first half.

“It was just a matter of getting our feet under us. We were really focussing on our composure, it wasn’t there at the beginning but we held the fort and didn’t allow them any chances so we still did okay,” said Beecroft.

van Nierop’s hard work up front for the Vikes resulted in a penalty shot that Rosie Beale calmly put into the back of the net in the 26th minute.

Just three minutes later van Nierop struck again, sending the Vikes into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

With the start of the second half came the pouring rain, turning the field into something resembling a slip ‘n slide.

The Vikes wouldn’t be deterred by the poor weather though, they scored three more goals in the second half to comfortably win the game.

Beale added her second goal of the game from a  penalty shot, with Lindsay Cole and Emily Wongproviding the insurance markers.

The Vikes received an injury scare in the first half when fifth-year Vike and integral part of the midfield,Kathleen Leahy left the game due to injury.

“There are some positives and some negatives from the game today with possibly losing Kathleen Leahy due to injury. The other kids stepped it up a notch though,” said Beecroft.

The teams will be back in action tomorrow, October 16. The game will be in Victoria at 11:00 a.m.

Both coaches will be looking for an improvement from their team in what will be their last regular season game.

“We just have focus on our game and the things we need to improve. The first ten to fifteen minutes we need to stick it to them and have a good showing,” said Taylor.

“We know that we need to come out stronger in every game we play and we will be looking to do that tomorrow,” said Beecroft.

Victoria    3  3 – 6
Calgary     0  0 – 0

UVIC – #22 Cilia van Nierop, PC, 18′, 1–0 UVIC
UVIC – #3 Rosie Beale, PS, 26′, 2–0 UVIC
UVIC – #22 Cilia van Nierop, FG, 29′, 3–0 UVIC
UVIC – #13 Lindsay Cole, FG, 51′, 4–0 UVIC
UVIC – #3 Rosie Beale, PS, 55′, 5–0 UVIC
UCIV – #5 Emily Wong, FG, 66′, 6–0 UVIC

VIC – Larissa Piva 70 MP, 0 GA
Cal – Ingrid Ulrich 70 MP, 6 GA