The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team got a second-half hat-trick from Kiara Kilbey as they blanked the hometown Thompson Rivers WolfPack 4-0 in Canada West women’s soccer action. The Sept. 24 victory at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, B.C. lifts the Vikes to a 5-1-1 record and completes a four-game win streak. The WolfPack drop to 1-5.
Game Highlights: https://youtu.be/P5M7HpePiIg
Tracy David Interview: https://youtu.be/gghrnD3mzZE
Kilbey, a third-year forward from Victoria, BC now has six goals on the season. Keeper Puck Louwes(3rd year, Utrecht, NED) notched her second-straight shutout.
“I was happy with our team responded after our performance yesterday (a 1-0 win in Kelowna, BC over UBCO),” said Tracy David, Vikes women’s soccer head coach. “I think we were a bit disappointed about our performance yesterday. I thought we came out today and looked to play in the gaps and behind TRU as often as we could. I think today, we were composed on the ball”.
Caitlin Millham tallied in the opening half as the Vikes out-shot Thompson Rivers 14-7. Millham took a pass from fourth-year Vike Emily Lieuwen and beat Thompson Rivers keeper Dannielle Robertson in the bottom right-hand corner in the 9th minute.
In the 62nd minute Kilbey extended the Vikes’s lead as she cashed in on a corner kick taken by yesterday’s Vikes goal scorer StephanieBadilla Gutierrez. Just six minutes later Kilbey got her head on another Gutierrez ball and evaded two Thompson Rivers defenders to beat Robertson down low for a 3-0 Vikes lead.
A minute before the final whistle Kilbey sealed the game as she received a pass from Lieuwen and streaked down the field unmarked and ultimately potting her third goal and sixth of the year.
Kilbey’s hat trick gave the Vikes the confident 4-0 win over Thompson Rivers, while the Vikes also had nine corners relative to the WolfPack’sthree. Both keepers, Louwes for UVic and Robertson for Thompson Rivers, were named the game’s MVP’s.
“(Kiara) certainly turned up the heat and was able to finish her chances,” said David of Kilbey who leads the Vikes in goals this season and is second in Canada West scoring. “She had a very good performance today but you know what, she had a whole supporting cast in an around her who was feeding her the ball. I think today was a very good team performance for us.”
The Vikes regroup for a home series next weekend, Sept. 29-30, against UNBC and MacEwan. Games are set for 5:00 p.m. kickoff at Centennial Stadium and both games will be broadcast live at canadawest.TV.