Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA – Back-to-back games against the UNBC Timberwolves this weekend await a UVic Vikes men’s soccer team searching for positive results to kick-start their 2017 Canada West season.

Hosting the Timberwolves at Centennial Stadium on Sep. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Sep. 9 at 7:15 p.m., the Vikes will be hoping that the large crowd the Thunderfest game draws can help them on the way to their first victory of the year.

The official attendance at the game last year was 3,100 people and a vast majority were students sounding vuvuzelas and banging drums every time the Vikes neared the opponent’s net.

The Vikes and Timberwolves split the pair of games they played last year with the Timberwolves winning the first game 5-2, before the Vikes answered with a 2-1 victory in the middle of October.

Last Time Out

Held scoreless in back-to-back games, the Vikes failed to pick up a point on their trip to the Interior last weekend, falling 3-0 to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and 1-0 to the UBC Okanagan Heat.

UNBC meanwhile, moved their record to 1-0-3 with a pair of ties against the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley.

The Timberwolves are currently tied for second in the Pacific Division of Canada West soccer, while the Vikes bring up the rear in the division with a record of 0-3-1.

By the Numbers

5: Defensive lapses early in games have hurt the Vikes this season, as they have allowed five goals in the first ten minutes of play.

18: UNBC goalie Tyron Venhola has made 18 saves so far this season, good enough for second in the conference.

5: The Timberwolves have used a scoring by committee approach so far this season with five different players scoring one goal apiece.

Coach’s Take
Bruce Wilson, Vikes head coach

On Thunderfest
“The players enjoy it, it’s a great atmosphere. It’ll be the first chance for some of them to play in front of a really big crowd.”

On going winless last weekend
“It’s frustrating for the players for sure, I thought we were the better team against UBCO.”

“We need better performances from our team overall, a little more communication. Where we’ve really had trouble this year is at the start of the game. It’s insanity and you can never win when you give goals away early like that.”