The two teams to beat in Canada West women’s field hockey settled nothing in their long standing rivalry this weekend at Point Grey as the UBC Thunderbirds and UVic Vikes played to consecutive 1-1 ties.
“The team showed improvement from yesterday’s game. We had more scoring opportunities and were unlucky not to be up by a couple of goals at half,” said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft.
On Sunday the teams played a fast paced, back and forth affair. The match culminated with UBC evening the score on a beautifully executed set play off a penalty corner with less than five minutes remaining in play. The hard fought battle would end in a 1-1 deadlock.
UBC tied the scoreboard when Thunderbird star midfielder Hanna Haughn played the ball in to Rachel Donohoe who quickly returned the pass to Haughn. Haughn made no mistake with the finish, slotting the ball past UVic keeper Larissa Piva.
“We got the call in from our coach and we were wondering whether we should play that,” said Donohoe. “But it was successful and it was really exciting to get that tying goal.”
UVic had jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the game when Lindsay Cole found a loose ball in the UBC penalty area and fired a high shot to the short side of Thunderbird goalkeeper Gabriella Switzer. Switzer did well to get a piece of the shot, but it squirted up and over her right shoulder and into the UBC goal.
“We started out well in the first half and we had good spurts in the second half,” said Beecroft. “Overall, we grew as a team, on and off the field, and I look forward to seeing how they will play next weekend.”
UBC now has a bye week before traveling to Calgary for a two game set versus the Dinos on the first weekend of October.
UVic also travels to Calgary this coming weekend to play a two game series with the Dinos, September 24 and 25.
UVIC: 1 – 0 : 1
UBC: 0 – 1 : 1
UVIC: Lindsay Cole
UBC: Hannah Haughn