Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team will hit the road this weekend, hoping that their time away from home will provide a better result than the opening weekend of the Canada West soccer schedule did.

Travelling to the interior of B.C., the Vikes will play games against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and the UBC Okanagan Heat on Sep. 2 and 3.

First up for the Vikes is a game against the WolfPack in Kamloops, at 1:00 p.m. The teams split the two games they played last year with the WolfPack picking up a 4-0 victory in Kamloops before the Vikes denied TRU a spot in the playoffs by beating them 3-1 in Victoria on the final weekend of the season.

The Vikes will be looking for a measure of revenge when they play the Heat in Kelowna at 3:00 p.m. UBCO picked up a sweep of the Vikes last season, recording victories of 1-0 and 3-2.

Last Time Out

It was an up and down opening weekend of Canada West play for the Vikes. The team was defeated 5-1 by Trinity Western before rebounding to secure a 2-2 draw with the Fraser Valley Cascades.

Thompson Rivers is currently tied with the Vikes in the Pacific Division of Canada West play as both teams sit at a record of 0-1-1 after the opening Weekend. TRU, who have already earned a berth to the U SPORTS National Championship as the host team, tied 1-1 and lost 2-1 to the UNBC Timberwolves with both games being played in Prince George.

This weekend marks the beginning of the season for the Heat as the team from Kelowna tries to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in their program’s short history in Canada West.

By The Numbers

34: The WolfPack have racked up the fouls this season, recording 34 through just two games.
8: Isaac Koch has come out firing to start the season, his eight shots are the second most in the conference.
20: The Heat allowed just 20 goals throughout their 16 regular season games last year, sixth best in the conference.

Coach’s Take
Bruce Wilson, Vikes head coach

“We have ten new people this year so it’s going to take a while for them to catch on to what this league is like.”

“Overall I was happy with how we played last weekend, the thing about Canada West is that there is never an easy game.”

“The temperature is supposed to be 35 degrees for both games and with the turf that will feel more like 40, so the heat is something we are preparing for but that is something that both teams have to deal with.

Game Info

Saturday, Sep. 21:00 p.m. – vs. Thompson Rivers WolfPack
Watch live on canadawest.tv

Thompson Rivers WolfPack (0-1-1)
Canada West Standings: T-8 (Pacific: T-4)
Last Week: 0-1-1
Streak: L 1
Goals For: 2
Goals Against: 3
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last U SPORTS Title: N/A

Sunday, Sep. 33:00 p.m. – vs. UBC Okanagan Heat
Watch live on canadawest.tv

2016 Information
UBCO Heat (6-8-2)
Canada West Standings: 9 (Pacific: 4)
Canada West Playoffs: 0-1 (Canada West: T-6)
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last U SPORTS Title: N/A