Box Score

Scheduled Game: @Victoria*


TWU Spartans011
Victoria Vikes224« FINAL


Game Date: 10/11/2003Location: Victoria, BC
Game Time: 2:10Attendance: 0
Referee: Ryan Perkins, Asst. Referee: Dan Greco, Herb Harzan, Alt. Official: William Stee
TWU SpartansVictoria Vikes
Goal Scorer(s)Josh McCaig (12) - 70:00
Adam Roe (15) - 14:00
Sean Battistoni (12) - 21:00
Sean Battistoni (12) - 59:00
Aaron Arnold (7) - 89:00
Total Goals Scored13
Penalty Goals00
Shots On Target00
Total Shots118
Corner Kicks76
Penalties Conceded00
Red Cards00
Yellow Cards10
Other Fouls00
TWU Spartans
Victoria Vikes

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Soccer (conference game)
Saturday, October 11, 2003
TWU Spartans (1) at the University of Victoria Vikes (4)

Wind Drops Spartans

Langley, British Columbia - Playing with desperation the University of Victoria's men's soccer team used the windy conditions to their full advantage as they kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over the Trinity Western University Spartans Saturday afternoon in Victoria.

A loss by the Vikes would have put them ten points behind the Spartans and four points behind UBC. With the win Victoria now stands only one point out of the third and final play-off spot. The loss prevents the Spartans from catching the first place Alberta Golden Bears, who sit three points ahead of TWU with 19 points.

"Victoria had a distinct advantage in the first half with the wind at their backs. It made it very difficult for us to keep the ball in their end for any sustained period of time," said TWU head coach Al Alderson. "We made a couple of mistakes early and we got punished for them. Unfortunately for us, when we changed ends at the half the wind died."

The Vikes controlled most of the play early and were rewarded with two goals before the halfway point of the first half. UVIC's Adam Roe opened the scoring in the 14th minute and was followed by teammate Sean Battistoni in the 21st minute.

Down two at the half the Spartans came out with more energy. Josh McCaig (2nd yr, forward, Mission, BC) narrowly missed when his header was tipped away by UVIC keeper Jordan Robinson. Then, just as the Spartans were about to claw their way back into the match, Battistoni added to Victoria's lead in the 59th minute with his second goal of the match.

The Spartans finally got on the board in the 70th minute off of the magic foot of Josh McCaig; assist to Brian Scrivens (4th yr, forward, Langley, BC). Minutes later it looked like the Spartans' Mark Peters (3rd yr, forward, Chilliwack, BC) had brought TWU within one but his goal was called back on the referee's offside call. "It was hard to believe that it was offside with a Victoria player against the post," said Alderson.

UVIC's Aaron Arnold put the exclamation mark on the Vikes win by scoring the final goal of the match in the final minute of play.

The loss drops the Spartans to 5-2-1, while the win moves the Vikes to 4-4.

Next up for the Spartans is at the University of Lethbridge on Saturday, October 18.

Match Notes: After dropping their first four matches of the season, Victoria is now on a four game winning streak...The Spartans outshot the Vikes 11-9 and had more corners (7-6)...prior to today's match the Spartans had only given up a total of five goals in league play...





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