Season ends in Canada West playoffs for Vikes women’s soccer team

The Saskatchewan Huskies ended the UVic Vikes women's soccer season in a 1-0 win in the Canada West quarterfinals on Thursday

The Saskatchewan Huskies ended the UVic Vikes women’s soccer season in a 1-0 win in the Canada West quarterfinals on Thursday night in Langley.

Huskies’ midfielder Rebecca Weckworth scored the game’s only goal in the 75th minute. The Huskies move on to the Canada West semifinals.

The loss ends the Vikes playoff run and marks the second year in a row that the team has been eliminated in the first game of the Canada West Select Six.

Vike Sarah Douglas recorded two shots on net in the loss and Vikes goalkeeper Meaghan Storie made three saves. With the victory, Saskatchewan will face the No. 2-ranked Trinity Western Spartans in the first of two semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Langley.

The Vikes best chance of the first half came off the foot of Elise Butler in the 36th minute, but this time a leaping Huskies goalkeeper Kyleigh Vause deflected the attempt clear. With the Huskies pressing, Weckworth nearly scored, putting a hard shot on target from atop the box, but Storie dove to her left to make a highlight-reel stop. Douglas nearly equalised in the 85th minute when she whipped a free kick in on goal, but Vause got just enough of it to deflect it off the crossbar and over the net. The game was evenly matched with the Huskies edging the Vikes 13-7 in shots, but UVic had seven corner kicks to the Huskies five.