LANGLEY, B.C. – Spring soccer returns to Victoria this weekend as the Lower Mainland trio of Trinity Western, Fraser Valley and UBC join the Vikes to compete in the capital city for the 32nd annual Keg Cup Mar. 24-25.
The defending Keg Cup champion TWU men’s soccer team looks to win its third title in the last four years. The Spartans open their weekend against the reigning Canada West champion UBC Thunderbirds, while the other semifinal sees the home side Victoria Vikes play the Fraser Valley Cascades.
For TWU, playing the Thunderbirds in the first round may mean a little extra, as a heartbreaking loss to UBC in double overtime in last year’s Canada West final may still be lingering in the back of the Spartans minds.
For head coach Mike Shearon, this weekend is an opportunity for players to step up against quality opposition and not only put together two good performances, but to win as well.
“This weekend will be a good test for us,” Shearon says. “No matter who we play, there will be lots of adversity. I want us to get back to competing again. The Keg Cup is a great opportunity for certain guys to step up and for the team as a whole to get back to the overarching mentality of always wanting to win. I am excited for the weekend and I look forward to seeing the growth that comes from it.”
As for the other semifinal, the Vikes and Cascades will go head-to-head as both teams will look to improve from their fall campaigns.
With a predominantly young team, the Cascades struggled in the Pacific Division this past fall as they finished seventh in the division and were left out of the playoffs. As for the Vikes, it came down to the last game of the season against the Spartans to earn a playoff berth. After leading twice in the game, Victoria’s push was not enough as the Spartans capitalized for three second-half goals, which ended the Vikes season.
After day one of the tournament, the two winners will play in the final, while the two losing sides will play in a consolation game.
Saturday, March 24 – TWU vs. UBC (12 p.m.) / UVIC vs. UFV (4:00 p.m.)
Sunday, March 25 – Consolation: TBA vs. TBA (12 p.m.) / Final: TBA vs. TBA (4:00 p.m.)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans have won the last two of the last three Keg Cups, winning in 2015 and 2017.
• Last years final saw TWU win in penalty kicks over UFV 1-1 (5-3).
• This will be the second straight year that TWU plays UBC in the first round.
ALL-TIME KEG CUP TITLES
Canadian U-20: 1
Whitecaps DVT: 1
Vancouver Island Selects: 1