The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team continued their clean record with a 2-0 win over the Calgary Dinos on Oct. 4, 2015. The Vikes once again found success on their penalty corner plays to now sit 4-0 in the Canada West, while the Dinos fall 0-4.
The Dinos started the match flat, with most of the first half played in their end. While the home side kept possession better than on Saturday, they were unable to create chances up front.
Vikes forward Amanda Kurianowicz was proving a nuisance for the Dinos defence throughout the first half. Midfielder Kathleen Leahy was also playing well for the Vikes, handling the ball well and creating chances for the visitors.
Dinos keeper Beckett Frisch, playing her last match at Hawkings field, was instrumental in keeping the score at 0-0. A diving save off a shot from Kurianowicz in particular drew applause from both sets of fans. By the half hour mark, the Canadian national team player had made five crucial saves.
The first half looked set to end 0-0, before the Vikes stole a goal in the 32nd minute. A Vikes penalty corner landed to Yates at the top of the Dinos’ circle. The third-year defender rifled a shot into the top left corner to put the visitors ahead going into the half time break.
The second half was easily the Dinos’ best performance of the season so far, keeping the Vikes defenders on their toes for much of the 35 minutes. Midfielders Meghan Norlander and Janelle Rice were playing well on offence, winning their individual battles and combining with their team mates.
First-year forward Brianna Agostinho had one of the Dinos’ best chances to score, forcing a pad save from Vikes keeper Piva with a shot in the 44th minute.
On the defensive side, Dinos first year Sabrina Wong was doing her part to keep the Vikes from doubling their lead. Particularly from short corners, Wong made a series of important blocks and tackles in front of goal.
Like in the first half, Frisch continued with her last-line heroics with a handful of big saves. The Dinos star thwarted two Vikes breakaways in the second half, rushing out of her net to slide-tackle the Vikes forwards.
Despite the Dinos having pockets of momentum, the Vikes managed to score again in the 61stminute. Another penalty corner option was dealt to the stick of Leahy, whose shot to the far post was deflected in by Jones.
The Dinos continued to press for the remainder of the game, but were unable to capitalize against a structured Vikes defence.
The Vikes return to B.C. for two road games against the UBC Thunderbirds, Oct. 10-11, while the Vikes will host their final regular season games against Calgary on Oct. 24-25. The Vikes will of course get the opportunity for more home games as they host the 2015 CIS/FHC national championship Nov. 5-8.
CALG: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: 0 – 2 : 2