The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team squeezed past the Calgary Dinos on Oct. 1 as Leina Dueck scored her third goal of the season for a 1-0 Victoria win. The Vikes are now 2-1-1 in the Canada West while the Dinos fall to 0-4. Despite the weekend sweep the Dinos did not make it easy for the Vikes squad as in both games the Vikes relied on a second-half penalty corner to score.
“Calgary really out-worked us, out-hustled us and out-passed us today,” said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft after the game. “We didn’t really have to make any real saves but they had some corners and really played some nice team hockey.”
Dueck tallied in the 47th minute on a penalty corner to give the Vikes the lead. The North Vancouver native is still the only Vike to score so far this season as she deflected in a shot from fellow rookie Anna Mollenhauer to complete the weekend sweep.
With no time on the clock the Dinos did have a penalty corner chance to tie up the game but a mistrap at the top of the circle was a relief for the visiting Vikes.
“In all my years as a Vikes coach I have prided myself on having a team that out-worked or out-hustled a team but today, if we lost possession we just really didn’t hustle back and I wasn’t happy with that,” remarked Beecroft. “We did get the ‘W’ but we need to recognize that we can’t play one-way hockey.”
The Vikes struggled to find each other on the field, resorting to individual play and while the team did generate four penalty corners, they really were unable to penetrate the low flat sticks of Calgary. Beecroft did credit first-year defender Hannah Craig for her consistency so far this season.
“I thought that Hannah really held our backfield together,” said Beecroft of the Francis Kelsey grad, also one of eight rookies on the team. “She was one of the only players that didn’t come off the field in two days and has played really well for us. She is just so composed.”
Following their goal the Vikes did see a bit of momentum shift in their favour. Cowichan secondary grads and rookies Emma Dameand Ashton Aumen started to find each other, showing their high school connections but Beecroft was disappointed the team didn’t show more of that team play earlier on.
“It wasn’t pretty today but we know where we have to spend time to work on the things we need to be successful next week against UBC,” added Beecroft.
The Vikes will head to Vancouver next week, Oct. 7-8, for their final two games against the defending U SPORTS champions, the UBC Thunderbirds.
CGY: 0 – 0 : 0
VIC: 0 – 1 : 1
VIC: Leina Dueck (47′, PC)
CGY: Madison Arbuckle (1 GA, 70 MP)
VIC: Larissa Piva (0 GA, 70 MP)