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PREVIEW: With their backs against the wall, Vikes have final chance at playoffs

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With just two games left to play in the Canada West regular season, the potential playoff picture remains murky for a UVic Vikes men's soccer team that is currently locked in an extremely tight battle for one of the three remaining playoff spots in the Pacific Division.

Due to an unbalanced schedule, the standings are being determined by winning percentage instead of points and with multiple variables changing with the result of each game, the only thing that is clear for the Vikes is that they need to win.

Sitting at a record of 5-7-1, the Vikes currently have a winning percentage of .410 and need to catch the UBC Okanagan Heat who sit in the fourth and final playoff spot with a winning percentage of .462.

It won't be easy to pick up points for the team as they travel to the Lower Mainland to take on the Fraser Valley Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans.

The Cascades bring up the rear in the Pacific Division with a record of 4-7-3, while the Spartans look assured of a playoff spot as they hold a record of 6-4-4 and a winning percentage of .524.

The Vikes play the Cascades on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. and the Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:15 p.m.

The last time the Vikes played these two teams was all the way back in late August on the first weekend of the season. Trinity Western defeated the Vikes by a score of 5-1, while the Cascades and Vikes played to a 2-2 draw.

Last Time Out

The Vikes managed to pick up a split at home last weekend. Austin Schneebeli scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat before the Vikes were defeated 2-1 by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

The Cascades managed to grab a single point from a home-and-home set the UNBC Timberwolves last weekend. Fraser Valley tied the Timberwolves 2-2 in Prince George before losing 1-0 in Abbotsford.

Trinity Western will come into the games well rested after they had a bye week last weekend. Last in action on Oct. 6 and 8 the Spartans split home-and-home games with the Cascades, winning 4-0 in Langley before dropping the return leg 2-1 in Abbotsford.

By the Numbers

4: Trinity Western ranks among the top four teams in the conference in both goals for and goals against.
11: The Cascades have scored by committee throughout the season, with eleven different players getting their names on the score sheet.

Game Info
Friday, Oct. 20 – 6:00 p.m. – at Fraser Valley Cascades – Abbotsford, B.C.
Watch live on canadawest.tv

Saturday, Oct. 21 – 7:15 p.m. – at Trinity Western Spartans – Langley, B.C.
Watch live on canadawest.tv 

Fraser Valley Cascades (4-7-3)
Canada West Standings: 11 (Pacific: 7)
Last Week: 0-1-1
Streak: L 1
Goals For: 16
Goals Against: 25
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last U SPORTS Title: N/A

Trinity Western Spartans (6-4-4)
Canada West Standings: 3 (Pacific: 2)
Last Week: 1-1-0
Streak: L 1
Goals For: 25
Goals Against: 13
Last Canada West Title: 2007
Last U SPORTS Title: N/A

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