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Sep. 9-10: Victoria men’s soccer vs. Fraser Valley Cascades (Centennial Stadium, Victoria B.C.) & Trinity Western Spartans (Centennial Stadium, Victoria B.C.)
The UVic Vikes men’s soccer team will look to rebound from a tough opening weekend and get their 2016 Canada West season back on track in their first home games of regular season play when they welcome the Fraser Valley Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans this coming weekend.

The Cascades will be in town September 9, while the Spartans come to Victoria September 10. Both contests will kick off at 7:15 p.m.

The game on the 9th should see the Vikes come out with some extra motivation. That is the night of the 7th annual ThunderFest. Last year’s ThunderFest saw over 3,000 people attend the soccer matches.

Victoria (0-2-0)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-11th (Division t-6th)
Last Week: 0-2-0
Streak: 0-2-0
Last Canada West Title: 2009
Last CIS Title: 2011

Friday, Sept. 9 – 7:15 p.m. – vs. Fraser Valley Cascades – Watch live on
Last Five: Vikes (0-2-0), Fraser Valley Cascades (2-0-0)

The Vikes and Cascades split the two games they played against each other last weekend with both teams taking the victory at home. UFV started their season with a successful home stand, beating TRU and UBCO in their only games this season. UVic is coming off a bye week, hoping that the time off has allowed them to regroup after two losses in their season so far.

Fraser Valley (2-0-0)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings:  6th (3rd Pacific)
Last Week: 2-0-0
Streak: 2-0-0
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

Coach’s Take
“They’re a very good team, they have players that have been around now for a while. They do play on artificial turf at their home so if there’s ever an advantage it should be to us this weekend, playing on grass.” — Bruce Wilson

Keys to Success
“Without a doubt, it gives us a chance to get back in the race after our first weekend was not successful. It’s absolutely imperative if we are going to compete this year that we get results this weekend at home.” — Bruce Wilson

Player Perspective
“We just got to play our own game. In the game against TRU the 4-0 score line had nothing to do with how we played. We made some mistakes had a couple confidence issues but I think we’re going to rebound big time this week, looking forward to it really.”

“Thunderfest on the Friday night is a pretty incredible night to be a Vike. 3,000 plus students all screaming, yelling, cheering you on. It’s pretty close to being as professional as you’re going to get. It’s a really fun night no matter what the result ends up being.”

— Adam Ravenhill, Vikes fifth-year defender.

Saturday, Sept. 10 – 7:15 p.m. – vs Trinity Western – Watch live on
Last Five: Vikes (0-2-0), Trinity Western Spartans (4-0-0)

The Vikes  won both contests that they played against the Spartans last season, including a 5-1 victory for Victoria the last time the Spartans travelled to the island. Trinity Western has started the season well, winning their first four contests and vaulting themselves into the CIS top ten.

Trinity Western (4-0-0)
CIS National Ranking: 8 (17 pts)
Canada West Standings:  t-1st (1st Pacific)
Last Week: 2-0-0
Streak: 4-0-0
Last Canada West Title: 2008
Last CIS Title: N/A

Coach’s Take
“We had them in our spring cup last year at the end of March, and I was very impressed with them. They have a very strong central midfield, and we will definitely have difficulty with that.”— Bruce Wilson

Keys to Success
“We can’t give goals away like we did in Kamloops. Our goalkeeper and back four both have to play well. A majority of our starting group are returning players, they certainly know about the level of the league and they know what’s expected so the number one thing is of course to give no goals away. Number two is to score a couple, and that should be enough to give us a result.”— Bruce Wilson

Player Perspective
“A really solid team over the years and they are solid again this year. It’s going to be a battle but I think with the squad that we have that if we play how we can, that we can get a result this weekend. ” —Adam Ravenhill

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