VICTORIA – A pair of rivalry games are ahead for a UVic Vikes women’s soccer team that is looking to carry forward momentum from an outstanding start to their Canada West campaign.
Travelling to the Lower Mainland to play the Fraser Valley Cascades on Sep. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and the Trinity Western Spartans on Sep. 9 at 5:00 p.m., the Vikes will be battling to increase their early advantage in the always competitive Pacific Division.
Three times the Vikes played the Cascades last season and while Fraser Valley won the first two matches the Vikes were able to pull out the win when it mattered most.
The Spartans got the better of the Vikes last season. The teams tied 0-0 in Langley but the Spartans picked up the 2-0 win over the Vikes in Victoria.
Last Time Out
A dream start to the season saw the Vikes jump into the top-ten U SPORTS national rankings last weekend. A goal from Kiara Kilbey and some outstanding saves from Puck Louwes in the Vikes net powered them to a 1-0 goal over the then-No. 3 ranked UBC T-Birds.
This will be the first regular season action for both the No. 3 ranked Spartans and Cascades.
By the Numbers
9: UVic makes its season debut in the top-ten at No. 9 in the nation
6: The Spartans had the stingiest defence in the conference last year, allowing just six goals through 14 matches
4: The Vikes and Cascades have met in the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, with UVic coming out victorious in three of those games
Tracy David, Vikes head coach
“This is a big weekend for us. Playing on the road always presents other challenges. We have a young team and many of them have never travelled with us before so that’s a whole new learning experience, couple that with playing two very good teams that always play well and it’s tough.”
“Those two teams are really strong. We have played Fraser Valley in the playoffs the last few years so there is a huge rivalry between the two teams and it’s always a tough physical battle against Fraser Valley and I expect no less.”
On her team’s win over UBC
“One of the most important things I saw was resiliency. We were tough in the second half while defending for most of the half. We had a very stubborn mentality and I think that will carry us through.”
“We have to take one game at a time, we have a lot of work to do and a lot of work to stay consistent.”
Saturday, Sep. 8 – 5:30 p.m. – at Fraser Valley Cascades