PREVIEW: Keg Cup heralds the return of both spring and soccer
The tournament signals the end of the spring season for the Vikes teams that have been practicing hard throughout a colder than normal winter. The two-day tournament will feature some incredibly tough competition on both the men's and women's sides of the tournament.
Making the trip to Victoria for the women's tournament are the reigning U SPORTS runners up and Canada West Champion UBC T-Birds, the Canada West runners up TWU Spartans as well as the Alberta Pandas.
On the men's side of the bracket the Vikes are joined by Canada West runners up UBC T-Birds, the Canada West bronze medalist TWU Spartans and the Fraser Valley Cascades.
The Vikes women get their tournament underway at 2:00 p.m. on the 18, in a game against the Alberta Pandas. The teams met once in the 2016 regular season, drawing 0-0 in Edmonton, AB all the way back on September 23.
"We definitely have the best of the best here and playing the University of Alberta is not going to be an easy feat," said Vikes head coach Tracy David. "They are very dynamic, quick and athletic so it's going to be tough."
The other opening round game will be a rematch of the Canada West Championship match between the UBC T-Birds and the TWU Spartans and is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., on the 18.
The Vikes men will also be taking on a familiar foe when they play the Fraser Valley Cascades at 4:00 p.m., on the 18. The teams split the pair of games that they played during the regular season with the Vikes defeating the Cascades 2-1 at home in September before losing to Fraser Valley, 3-0, in Abbotsford in early October. The T-Birds of UBC and the TWU Spartans will meet in the other opening round game at 12:00 p.m.
Following day one of the competition the two losing sides will play consolation games at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. respectively, while the two winners will play in the finals later that day. The women's final will take place at 2:00 p.m. and the men's at 4:00 p.m.
"This Spring Cup has been going on for a very long time," said David. "We bring in some of the best teams in the country and any time you can bring that level of competition into our venue, it's important."
"It's important that we play well and showcase our sport and certainly with the level of the teams that are here it is going to be a good showcase."
SATURDAY, MARCH 18
10:00am (W) UBC vs. TWU
12:00pm (M) UBC vs. TWU
2:00pm (W) UVic vs. Alberta
4:00pm (M) UVic vs. UFV
SUNDAY, MARCH 19
10:00am (W) Consolation
12:00pm (M) Consolation
2:00pm (W) Final
4:00pm (M) Final