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Ian Whibley (in blue) vies for the ball against a Montreal Carabins player during the Vikes men’s soccer team’s national championship quarterfinal match Nov. 18. The Vikes lost on penalty kicks. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

UVic Vikes take Montreal to penalty kicks, lose in men’s national quarterfinal

Montreal scored on four of five shootout attempts to take the win over UVic

Ian Whibley (in blue) vies for the ball against a Montreal Carabins player during the Vikes men’s soccer team’s national championship quarterfinal match Nov. 18. The Vikes lost on penalty kicks. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
The UVic men’s soccer team plays its first match at the 2021 national championships on Nov. 18. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Vikes men’s soccer competes at nationals for first time since 2015 on Thursday

Quarterfinal match against the University of Montreal begins at 10:30 a.m. Victoria time

The UVic men’s soccer team plays its first match at the 2021 national championships on Nov. 18. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Canada’s Steven Vitória (5) and Mexico’s Orbelin Pineda Alvarado (10) via for the ball during World Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canada’s Steven Vitória (5) and Mexico’s Orbelin Pineda Alvarado (10) via for the ball during World Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The St. Andrew’s Sabres boys soccer team captured the provincial A high school championship with a 2-1 shootout win over Glenlyon Norfolk School. (Photo courtesy of Mark Cristante)

Saanich’s St. Andrew’s Sabres crowned B.C. ‘A’ soccer champions

Senior boys team shifts their focus to Colonist Cup playoffs this week

The St. Andrew’s Sabres boys soccer team captured the provincial A high school championship with a 2-1 shootout win over Glenlyon Norfolk School. (Photo courtesy of Mark Cristante)
Team Canada’s Alphonso Davies (19) and Costa Rica’s Ricardo Jose Blanco Mora (2) vie for the ball during first half World Cup qualifier soccer action in Edmonton on Friday, November 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

David scores in 57th minute to lift Canada past Costa Rica 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

Game played before 48,806 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton

Team Canada’s Alphonso Davies (19) and Costa Rica’s Ricardo Jose Blanco Mora (2) vie for the ball during first half World Cup qualifier soccer action in Edmonton on Friday, November 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canada’s Rob Friend is shown in action during a friendly against Peru in Toronto on September 4, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canadian Premier League announces expansion franchise in Vancouver

Franchise awarded to SixFive Sports and Entertainment LP, which owns Greater Victoria’s Pacific FC

Canada’s Rob Friend is shown in action during a friendly against Peru in Toronto on September 4, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Vancouver Whitecaps acting head coach Vanni Sartini shouts on the sideline during the second half of an MLS soccer game against FC Dallas in Vancouver on Saturday, September 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘I think we did a miracle’: Unique interim coach leads Whitecaps to playoffs

Vanni Sartini takes Caps from near the bottom of MLS to their first playoff spot in four years

Vancouver Whitecaps acting head coach Vanni Sartini shouts on the sideline during the second half of an MLS soccer game against FC Dallas in Vancouver on Saturday, September 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Ryan Gauld, right, and Russell Teibert celebrate Gauld’s goal against the Seattle Sounders during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Ryan Gauld, right, and Russell Teibert celebrate Gauld’s goal against the Seattle Sounders during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Keane, left, of Ireland, and Rob Friend celebrate Keane’s goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during second half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday April 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

World-class soccer pair relish chance to grow the game as Pacific FC co-owners

Former Canadian internationals Rob Friend and Josh Simpson co-own Langford-based club

Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Keane, left, of Ireland, and Rob Friend celebrate Keane’s goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during second half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday April 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Numerous seats sit empty after Vancouver Whitecaps fans left their seats during an in-game walkout protest to show support for members of the 2008 women’s Whitecaps and under-20 Canadian national team who have alleged abuse by a former coach who ran both teams, as the Whitecaps play the Philadelphia Union during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, on Saturday April 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former Whitecaps coach faces allegations of sexual misconduct

Allegations against Hubert Busby Jr. made an interview with British newspaper the Guardian

Numerous seats sit empty after Vancouver Whitecaps fans left their seats during an in-game walkout protest to show support for members of the 2008 women’s Whitecaps and under-20 Canadian national team who have alleged abuse by a former coach who ran both teams, as the Whitecaps play the Philadelphia Union during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, on Saturday April 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Ryan Gauld, front, celebrates his goal against Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia during first half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Whitecaps still in playoff race after 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City

Vancouver remains a single point outside of a playoff spot with five games to go

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Ryan Gauld, front, celebrates his goal against Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia during first half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Alphonso Davies (left) runs around Panama goalkeeper Luis Mejia as Harold Cummings looks on during first half World Cup qualifying action in Toronto, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Stunning strike from Davies powers Canada past Panama 4-1 in World Cup qualifier

Canadians still unbeaten at 2-0-4 in CONCACAF men’s soccer group

Canada’s Alphonso Davies (left) runs around Panama goalkeeper Luis Mejia as Harold Cummings looks on during first half World Cup qualifying action in Toronto, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Pacific FC in Canadian Premier League soccer action against Halifax’s HFX Wanderers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pacific FC lose 1-0 to Halifax on own goal, retain top spot in CPL

Langford-based club hosts Valour FC this Saturday, 3 p.m. at Starlight Stadium

Pacific FC in Canadian Premier League soccer action against Halifax’s HFX Wanderers. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada’s Jonathan David, right, and Mexico’s Edson Alvarez go for a header during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Canada’s Jonathan David, right, and Mexico’s Edson Alvarez go for a header during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Canada head coach John Herdman salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch following a 1-1 draw against the United States in a World Cup soccer qualifier Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Canada will be missing some key pieces when it takes on mighty Mexico at famed Azteca Stadium in World Cup qualifying play Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Humphrey

Canada missing some important pieces for World Cup soccer qualifying showdown

Veteran goalie and team captain among those out for match with Mexico

Canada head coach John Herdman salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch following a 1-1 draw against the United States in a World Cup soccer qualifier Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Canada will be missing some key pieces when it takes on mighty Mexico at famed Azteca Stadium in World Cup qualifying play Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Humphrey
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Celtic rise above rest in VISL

Celtic rise above rest in VISL

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Walking soccer has become a popular senior recreational activity. (Michael Briones photo)

B.C. walking soccer tournament set for Oct. 23 in Nanoose Bay

‘It’s the fastest-growing senior sports activity in the world’

Walking soccer has become a popular senior recreational activity. (Michael Briones photo)
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Sooke Celtic tops in VISL

Division 3 men’s team hasn’t lost yet in young season

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Canada head coach John Herdman, left, and David Junior Hoilett walk off the field after the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian men continue climb up world soccer rankings, reaching No. 51

It’s the highest position for the Canadian men in more than a decade

Canada head coach John Herdman, left, and David Junior Hoilett walk off the field after the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch for Indigenous children ready for play

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion on Penelakut Island

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)