They played the whole 90 but it only took the Vikes one minute to separate themselves from the Grant MacEwan Griffins on September 9, at Centennial Stadium.
“We talk about that all the time in soccer, that’s when teams are most susceptible to being scored on again, the first five or ten minutes after a goal is scored,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “We caught them with their heads down and were fortunate enough to put the ball away.”
The Vikes opened the scoring 25 minutes into the game when a bouncing ball found it’s way onto the left foot of fifth-year Vike Samantha Lee. From just outside the 18-yard box Lee curled the ball into the top corner, just out of the reach of Burns.
“Sam Lee is a fifth-year fullback, she doesn’t score many goals for us but what a strike that was. I commend her for that, that started us off really well,” said David.
It took the Vikes all of 45 seconds to double their advantage. Fifth-year midfielder Sarah Douglas turned on a burst of speed to get past her defender and play a perfectly weighted ball into the box. Waiting to meet that ball was Emily Lieuwen, who powered a header past a helpless Burns.
The Vikes threatened Emily Burns in the MacEwan net early. Just 11 minutes into the game some nice footwork by Stephanie Badilla-Gutierrez allowed her to evade a defender and slip the ball into the path of an oncoming Olivia Swinton. Swinton whipped in the perfect ball across the ball that Caitlin Millham met with a lot of power. Unfortunately for the Vikes, Millham’s effort thudded off the cross bar and awa from danger.
The game fell into a holding pattern in the second half. MacEwan threw wave after wave of attack but were unable to get past a stout Vikes defence. On the other hand the Vikes were more than happy to sustain the pressure and hold on to their two goal advantage
The game marked the second shutout in a row for Goalkeeper Meaghan Storie and her Vikes defence, and although they weren’t as busy as they were one week ago against UBC, David was still pleased with the tidiness of her defenders.
“MacEwan has got really good team speed, particularly up front, so our back four had a little bit more work to do than most people think. They’ve got some quality strikers on their side that you have to watch carefully,” said David.
With classes at UVic starting this past week the game was the seventh annual ThunderFest game, and more than 3,000 students packed the stands to cheer on their Vikes.
“A fantastic atmosphere everyone that has been involved with this are really appreciative. The players rose to the occasion and really enjoyed the atmosphere,” said David.
SCORING 1 2 FINAL
Victoria (1-0-1) 2 0 2
MacEwan (0-1-0) 0 0 0
UVIC: Sarah Douglas
MacEwan: Suekiana Choucair