VICTORIA – For the first time since the 2014-15 season the Canada West Playoffs are back at Centennial Stadium as the field that is home to the UVic Vikes women’s soccer team gets set to host a pair of postseason contests.
First up on the docket is a Canada West Play-In between the No. 3 seed from the Prairie Division, the Calgary Dinos and the No. 6 seed from the Pacific Division, the UNBC Timberwolves.
That game will take place on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and fans of the Vikes will be watching intently as the winner of that afternoon’s contest will advance to the Canada West Quarter-final game where they will face the Vikes on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.
The Vikes earned their bye to quarter-finals thanks to a regular season record of 9-1-4 on the year, that was good enough for them to finish in a tie for first place in the Pacific Division and second in the whole conference. The team wound up being the second seed in the division due to Trinity Western holding the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Vikes.
Calgary finished 7-4-3 on the season, just one point behind the second-place Saskatchewan Huskies and narrowly missing out on hosting a Canada West Quarter-final of their own.
The Timberwolves will be participating in their first playoffs in program history after they finished the regular season with a record of 3-7-4, earning them the sixth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
The Vikes defeated UNBC 3-0 in Victoria on Sep. 29 in the lone meeting between these teams during the regular season. Kiara Kilbey tallied twice in the victory.
The last time the Vikes and Dinos met it was Calgary who bested UVic by a score of 2-1 in the first round of the Canada West Select Six back in the 2015-16 season.
Last Time Out
The Vikes picked up four of a possible six points from their final weekend of the regular season to ensure that they wouldn’t have to travel until the Canada West Final Four. A 0-0 tie with the division-winning Trinity Western Spartans was followed by an explosion of goals in a 7-0 win over the Fraser Valley Cascades.
Calgary came up just short of earning a first-round bye after they defeated the Mount Royal Cougars 3-0 before losing to the Prairie Division champion Alberta Pandas 1-0 in their final game of the season.
A pair of ties ensured UNBC of their first taste of playoff action as the team from Prince George tied the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 2-2 on Saturday and the UBC Okanagan Heat 0-0 on Sunday.
By the Numbers
10: The number of shutouts Puck Louwes recorded during the regular season, tying for the most in Canada West history.
6: The rank UVic earned in the most recent U SPORTS National Top 10 Poll.
31: The number of points UVic accrued during the regular season, their highest points total since the 2008 campaign when the team won the Canada West conference.