VANCOUVER – In what was the biggest game of the season for both teams thus far, the UBC Thunderbirds (7-1-2) and UVic Vikes (7-1-2) battled to a 1-1 draw at Thunderbird Stadium on Friday evening.

Both teams came into the game with identical 7-1-1 records on the season and tied with 22 points, but UVic held first place in the Canada West’s Pacific Division by virtue of a 1-0 victory over UBC in both teams’ season opener. The Vikes remain in first place after Friday’s draw.

“I thought it was a fantastic display for women’s soccer with two very good teams going at it,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “First place in Canada West was on the line and I thought both teams wanted to win so it was a very good performance from both teams.

Thunderbird goalie Marlee Maracle made three saves and was matched in the UVic goal by Pick Louwes, who also stopped three of the four shots sent her way, including a tie-preserving sliding stop right at the end of the game.

The UBC goal came in the 69th minute when UBC forward Aman Shergill found her strike partner Jasmin Dhanda with a magical one touch through ball from the midfield. Dhanda used her first touch to push the ball forward, before calmly slotting a left footed chip over Louwes for her nation leading 12th goal of the season.

“I’m proud of our players, we could have caved after UBC scored but instead we kept going and we were able to tie it,” said David.

The Vikes were able to equalize in the 79th minute when Victoria Wulff controlled the ball from a throw-in and found substitute striker Kyra Teetzen with a pinpoint pass. Teetzen took a touch and drilled a high shot over Maracle’s outstretched gloves.

“I thought both teams were really up for the task tonight. UBC is so deadly as we know and have lots of great goal scorers,” said David. “We wanted to keep them off the scoreboard for as long as we could and then see if we could counter, which we did.”

The Vikes will get the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend off before heading to Alberta to play the Mount Royal Cougars on October 14 and the Alberta Pandas on October 15.

SCORING                          1     2     FINAL
Victoria (7-1-2)                   0     1     1
UBC (7-1-2)                       0     1     1

Victoria: #25 Elise Butler
UBC: #9 Jasmin Dhanda