Both the Canada West men’s and women’s soccer schedules were released Thursday, as the conference rolled out its final fall sport schedules after field hockey and rugby 15s were revealed last week. CW men’s soccer is set to return Friday, August 24, while women’s play resumes Saturday, September 1.
Canada West men’s soccer action will officially ring in the new season, as the Victoria Vikes travel to Prince George, B.C. on Aug. 24 to take on the UNBC Timberwolves in the first CW regular season game of the 2018-19 athletic season. Meanwhile, the first women’s game is set for the following week, as Victoria hosts the UBC Thunderbirds on Sept. 1 in the lone women’s game that weekend.
2018 will be a historic one for men’s soccer, as it will mark the 50th consecutive season of university soccer across Western Canada. It will also mark the 47th season of Canada West men’s soccer, which is one of 14 CW sports to be contested annually since the conference formed in the spring of 1972.
The Vikes men will be forced to play the role of road warriors at the beginning of their schedule. The team that is looking to get back into the playoffs after a two-year absence start the season with four straight games away from home before returning to Centennial Stadium for their home-opener against the UBC Okanagan Heat on Sep. 7.
In total the men will play seven games at home and nine on the road, with a four-game spell against division rivals from Oct. 4 – 13 looking likely to be the key stretch on their schedule.
After travelling to UBC on Oct. 4, the Vikes will then host those same T-Birds (Oct. 6) before playing their final home games of the season against Trinity Western (Oct. 12) and UFV (Oct. 13).
The Vikes women meanwhile, have an even split of seven home and seven away games ahead of them in 2018.
After beginning the season with that rivalry clash against UBC, they will travel to the Lower Mainland for games against the reigning Canada West Champion Trinity Western Spartans on Sep. 7 and UFV on Sep. 8.
The team that went 7-0-1 at home last season en route to claiming Canada West silver and eventually finishing fifth in the nation, will look to continue their dominance at home in games against Calgary (Sep. 14), Lethbridge (Sep. 15), TRU (Sep. 21) and UBC Okanagan (Sep. 22).
Following four games on the road they will wrap up their regular season at home against UFV (Oct. 19) and Trinity Western (Oct. 20).
Both the men’s and women’s regular seasons conclude Sunday, Oct. 21, with the conference championship tournaments slated for two weeks later (Nov. 3-4). This season the CW Men’s Final Four is headed to the highest remaining Prairie Division team, while the CW Women’s Final Four will be hosted by the highest remaining Pacific Division squad.
The 2018 university soccer season concludes Nov. 8-11, as UBC hosts the men’s U SPORTS national tournament in Vancouver, while a women’s national champion will be crowned in our nation’s capital, as the University of Ottawa hosts the U SPORTS championship.
Once again this season you can watch conference soccer action all season long on Canada West TV – the official streaming home of Canada West. More than 150 games were available live last season on Canada West TV, with more live webcasts planned for this season, along with every game being available on demand.