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The Vikes women’s soccer team will continue their home stand Sep. 9 and 10, playing the MacEwan Griffins and the Mount Royal Cougars, both games start at 5:00 p.m.

The Vikes enter the weekend with plenty of positives to take from their first game of the season, a 0-0 draw with reigning national champions UBC. They will look to keep that momentum going against the two teams from Alberta.

With classes at the University of Victoria starting this week, Friday night’s game will be part of the 7th annual Vikes ThunderFest. Last year over 3,000 people attended the game on ThunderFest Friday.

Victoria (0-0-1)
CIS National Ranking: 10th (5 pts)
Canada West Standings: t-2nd (t-2nd Pacific)
Last Week: 0-0-1
Streak: 0-0-1
Last Canada West Title: 2000
Last CIS Title: 2005



Friday, Sept. 9 – 5:00 p.m. – vs MacEwan – Watch live on canadawest.tv
Last Five: Vikes (0-0-1), MacEwan Griffins (0-0-0)

The two teams have never met in regular season play. MacEwan has only been competing in the Canada West since 2013 but have announced their presence loudly by qualifying for the playoffs for the last two years in a row.

 

MacEwan (0-0-0)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings:  N/A
Last Week: 0-0-0
Streak: 0-0-0
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A


Coach’s Take
“We haven’t played Grant MacEwan ever, they came in the league four years ago and because of the unbalanced nature of our schedule this will be the first time that we see them. I’m looking forward to playing them at home. We have a big grass pitch and they are a turf team, it should be a very interesting experience. Their coach is a good coach, he’s coached provincial team programs so they’re going to be very well organized and they will definitely know what they’re doing.”— Tracy David, Vikes head coach

Keys to Success
“I think that we have to take positives out of this past weekend. I think that we did play well as a team defensively. We just need to have a little bit more confidence going forward and I think that’s what we’re going to be working on this week.” — Tracy David

Player Perspective
“We’re definitely going to train really hard this week and focus on the positives that came out of the UBC game. Try and work on the things that we can work on before the weekend and just focus on what we do well this week.”

“[ThunderFest is] a lot of fun, it’s better to have fans out. You’re not just playing for yourselves you’re playing for everyone, the school especially.  It raises the momentum and pumps us up more if people are there.”

— Meaghan Storie, Vikes fifth-year goalkeeper



Saturday, Sept. 10 – 5:00 p.m. – vs Mount Royal – Watch live on canadawest.tv 
Last Five: Vikes (0-0-1), Mount Royal Cougars (0-0-0)

The two teams have not met in regular season play in the past five years. Mount Royal returns the core of a team that finished 5th in the Prairie division last year, earning them a playoff spot.

Mount Royal (0-0-0)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings:  N/A
Last Week: 0-0-0
Streak: 0-0-0
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Coach’s Take

“Mount Royal we have played in the past but we haven’t played them recently. Teams change and it’s difficult to tell when you are watching game tape. You just don’t know how quick that player is or how we can look to take advantage of some of their team weaknesses. Until you are face to face with them it’s difficult to tell.” — Tracy David

Keys to Success
“Knowing that we can be dangerous and we can create chances, hopefully we will create chances that result in putting the ball in the back of the net. First and foremost we have to play well and then the goals will come.”— Tracy David

Player Perspective
“It’s more focusing on what we can do. To make sure that we are controlling the game, not so much focusing on what they do. It’s mostly playing to our strengths and working on what we can do to make them adapt to us instead of us adapt to them.” — Meaghan Storie

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