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Season underway for many Vikes’ clubs

UVic Vikes men's soccer team six weeks from hosting nationals
Stefanie Hatch of the Vikes looks to shoot against the Alberta Pandas at UVic on Saturday. The Vikes lost 1-0 but won by the same score in Sunday’s rematch.

Eight of the University of Victoria Vikes teams were in action on the weekend, including the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ annual alumni game and dinner.

Both Vikes managed wins over the alumni teams with the men winning 89-87 and the women 56-46. The Vikes men will participate in the Carleton University’s House-Laughton Tournament from Oct. 14 to 16, while the women will play a preseason tournament at Calgary, Oct. 21-23.

Eye on nationals

Things got better for the nationals-bound Vikes men’s soccer team (3-2-1) which picked up a pair of 3-0 road wins on the weekend. Andrew Ravenhill scored twice and Jordie Oberg once as the Vikes beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday while Oberg, Miguel Romeo and Craig Taylor scored against the Calgary Dinos. Keeper Elliot Mitrou earned both shutouts.

The men host the 2011 CIS men’s soccer national championship Nov. 10 to 13 at UVic.

National return

Recent Canadian national team member Jaclyn Sawicki scored a goal as the Vikes women’s soccer team (3-2-1) also grabbed a pair of road wins defeating Lethbridge 2-0 on Saturday and Calgary 2-1 on Sunday. Sawicki and Maryse Reichgeld scored against Lethbridge, while Nathalie Scharf and Lindsay Hoetzel tallied against Calgary.

The Vikes host Calgary Oct. 1 and Lethbridge Oct. 2 at Centennial Stadium with 12 p.m. kickoffs both days.

Pandas visit for split

A Kyla Kirby goal on Sunday won the Vikes women’s field hockey team its first game of the season in four tries, shutting out the Alberta Pandas 1-0 at UVic. The Pandas edged the Vikes by the same score on Saturday.

Next up are two road weekends at UBC, Oct. 1 and 2, and Alberta, Oct. 8 and 9.

On the men’s side of the stick, James Kirkpatrick and Matt Sarmento scored as the Vikes (1-0-1) tied the United Brothers 2-2 in Surrey on Sunday.

Rugged weekend

The Vikes women’s rugby team suffered a pair of tough losses to the Pandas 36-6 on Friday and 53-0 to the Pronghorns Sunday.

The women host Calgary on Sunday (Oct. 2), 11:30 a.m. at Wallace Field. UVic has fielded an extremely competitive men’s side despite five current players taking the semester off for the Rugby World Cup.

James Bay erased a half-time deficit to win 23-22 over the Vikes (1-1) at MacDonald Park on Saturday.

The Vikes play Gordon Head neighbours Velox Valhallians on Saturday, 2:45 p.m. at Wallace Field.

Podium posture

Vikes Deirdre Moran and Cliff Childs won the individual titles in the women’s six kilometre and men’s eight-km races, respectively, helping the Vikes men’s and women’s cross-country teams win the St. Martin’s Invitational meet in Washington state on Saturday.