Vikes hold strong in lead up to CARSA opener

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The Vikes women’s rugby and the men’s field hockey teams made their competitive home debuts last weekend, and, in addition to games for the men’s rugby team and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams, the men’s golf team finished their expedition south of the border to compete in the Western Washington Invitational Tournament.

The Vikes soccer teams remain undefeated throughout all of their games, with a win and a draw from the men, and two wins for the women’s soccer team.

After two wins in their previous weekend, six points from the women’s soccer team again on Saturday and Sunday meant they improved to 4-1-2 — good enough for fourth place in the Canada West standings. Kiara Kilbey and Teresa Anania scored once in each game, and Emma Greig grabbed a goal and two assists, as the Vikes beat the Thompson River University WolfPack 3-0 and the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat 5-1.

Cam Hundal was the standout performer for the men’s team, as he scored four goals over two games to lead the Vikes to a draw and a win against the UBCO Heat (drawing 1-1) and the TRU WolfPack (winning 5-1). Hundal scored once against the Heat and three times against the WolfPack — his first hat-trick since 2013 and his second as a Vike. His goals mean that UVic finished the weekend in first place in the Canada West standings.

It wasn’t exactly a dream start to the season for the women’s rugby team, but their male counterparts won for the second game in a row with another dominating performance against their Barnard Cup rivals.

In their first games of the season, the Vikes women’s rugby team split their results, winning against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns but losing to the University of Calgary Dinos. In the first match against the Pronghorns, the Vikes won 40-22, with back-row Madeleine Graham scoring a pair of tries. UVic could not repeat the feat the next day, however, losing a tight match to the University of Calgary by 27-10  — Graham scoring again with an additional try from Jaiden Parhar.

Up in Langford, however, the men’s team had a much happier afternoon against the Westshore Valhallians. 11 different Vikes players scored tries, as the Vikes won their second game of the season by a score of 78-26. James Pitblado and Luke Campbell scored their second tries of the season and Crosby Stewart scored his third in the win.

While the women’s team had a break, the men’s field hockey team made their first outing at UVic, falling to the Surrey Lions by a score of 6-0. After another tough loss in their first game against West Vancouver last week, the Vikes are still looking for their first victory of the season.

Finally, in men’s golf, the Vikes finished fifth out of 12 teams in the Western Washington Invitational. Second-year Andrew Funk was the top Vike in the tournament, finishing eleventh overall with an even score of 216 over three rounds.

This weekend sees all Vikes teams mentioned in the recap play again, as well as the women’s field hockey team. Both basketball teams also start their season this weekend — playing for the first time in front of what is sure to be a packed CARSA in the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament.

For full game schedules this weekend, including the men’s basketball opener, click here.