VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes knocked off the No. 1-ranked team in U SPORTS, the Trinity Western Spartans, by a score of 2-1 Saturday in Victoria.
Despite the loss, Trinity Western, who entered the game knowing it had already clinched top spot in the Pacific Division, will still finish with a 12-2-0 record.
The win means that the Vikes will finish in the fourth playoff position in the Pacific Division.
The Spartans will be back at home next Saturday when they will host a Canada West Quarter-Final match against the winner of a Thursday's Play-In game, which will be at TWU, between Mount Royal (Prairie #4) and Fraser Valley (Pacific #5).
The Vikes opened the scoring in the 30th minute of the match when Georgia Bignold deflected in a corner kick coming off the foot of Aishy Shinomura to give Victoria a 1-0 lead.
Just four mintues later Gabi Short (Calgary) answered for the Spartans scoring her seventh of the season to tie the game up 1-1. Short put her shot past Victoria keeper Puck Louwes after being fed a through pass from Amy Gartke (Edmonton). The two teams hit the locker room at half tied 1-1.
Kiara Kilbey restored the Vikes lead early in the second half. Second-year Vike Dari Cote placed her cross kick perfectly into the box, allowing Kilbey to deflect it past Spartan keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.), giving the Vikes a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute. The Spartans made a big push late in search of the tying goal but were unable to even the score.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
"Obviously we're disappointed to not come away with points because I thought our team put in an effort that deserved more. But we gave away a couple sloppy goals and credit to UVIC. They needed something out of the game and had a little bit more of a killer instinct. I thought we generated a number of half chances and three or four really good chances, but just couldn't convert.
"I thought Amy Gartke was exceptional in the first half in terms of going forward. I was pleased with our push back towards the end, but we just couldn't finish. We had a good regular season and we were able to rest some players and get some other players some experience in today's game. So, tonight was not all lost and there were definitely some positives to take out of the game."
• The 12-win regular season equals TWU's program record for wins in a season. The Spartans also had 12 wins in 2011, when they went 12-1-1.
• With first place clinched, the Spartans have earned the opportunity to host both the Canada West Play-In and Quarter-Final games and, if they qualify, the Canada West Final Four.
The Spartans will host the Canada West Play-In Games Thursday at Chase Office Field. TWU will host a quarter-final match Saturday against the winner of the Thursday's game between Mount Royal (Prairie #4) and Fraser Valley (Pacific #5).