Sept. 25: Vikes men’s soccer vs. UBC Okanagan, Sept. 26: Vikes vs. Thompson Rivers (7:15 p.m., Centennial Stadium)

The University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team will be back at Centennial Stadium this weekend to take on UBC Okanagan on Sept. 25 followed by Thompson Rivers on Sept. 26.  Posting a 1-1 record this past weekend, the Vikes fall two spots in the CIS Top-10 rankings to tenth overall, while the team is still atop the Pacific Division with a conference record of 3-1-1.

Battling against Trinity Western and Fraser Valley last weekend, Sept. 18-19, the Vikes were able to maintain their four-game undefeated streak against Trinity Western following the late heroics of fifth-year midfielder Dominic Colantonio. Although the Vikes hit the post on several occasions, Colantonio was able to score the Vikes’ lone goal in the 73rd minute to seal the victory.

The Vikes were then faced with their first loss of the season the next day, falling to the Fraser Valley Cascades 2-1. The Cascades capitalized early on, scoring two goals in the first 23 minutes. Despite fifth-year midfielder Cam Hundal’s response a few minutes later, the Vikes were unable to put any more in the net.

“We are happy to be back at home again,” said Vikes men’s soccer head coach Bruce Wilson. “Both teams are very strong even though UBC Okanagan’s record does not show it.”

UBC Okanagan sit near the bottom of the Pacific Division standings with a 1-3 record. The Heat suffered two back-to-back losses in their opening weekend against Fraser Valley and Trinity Western. Although they managed to capture a 2-1 victory over UNBC in the first of their back-to-back games, UNBC responded with a 1-0 win the next day.

For the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack, it will be their first game back following a bye this past weekend. The Wolfpack opened their season with a 3-1 loss to the Trinity Western Spartans. Despite this, they were able to post a 3-0-shutout win against Fraser Valley the very next day.  The Wolfpack has picked up a former UBC striker, third-year Ryan Glanville, who leads the team with three goals and one assist in his two regular season games played.

“We had a few injuries this past weekend but everyone is back and we will have a full roster to pick from,” adds Wilson. “It is important for us to keep winning at home and to carry that momentum.”

Both games will take place at Centennial Stadium on Sept. 25 and 26 at 7:15 p.m. Ticket information is available at govikesgo.com/tickets while live webcast video and stats is available by pay-per-view at uvic.canadawest.tv.

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