On Friday September 8, the highly-ranked Pandas soccer team opened its season with a 1-1 draw against Victoria. In the first half, both teams exchanged chances, though Terri Kutryk of the Pandas came especially close to putting her team ahead. In the second 45 minutes, Kayla Michaels capitalized on a Vikes miscommunication. Pandas up, 1-0. However, Victoria would equalize twenty minutes later. Throughout the game, Pandas keeper Kelti Biggs kept the team in the game as the Vikes pressed to move ahead. In the dying minutes of the match, Pandas Amanda Black and Victoria Saccomani made dangerous counter-attacks deep into Vikes territory. Eventually, the final whistle blew and the two sides walked off the pitch with a point apiece. Even Stevens in game one. Shia Labeouf would be happy.
Now that the game details are out of the way, let’s put things in perspective. For both teams on the pitch Friday night, adrenaline races for the season opener. On top of this, the game is played at the end of week of welcome, one of the school year’s most hectic weeks. In the Pandas’ case, they’re on the road and in front of an energetic crowd of Vikes fans during the school’s “thunder week.” Keep in mind that the Vikes crushed UBC 5-0 and Trinity Western 3-0 in exhibition matches, and the the 1-1 result is pretty solid.
Later today, the Pandas play Fraser Valley, which topped Mount Royal 3-0 in their season opener. Eminent scholars weighed-in with their match predictions in this article.
Check back tomorrow for yet another recap. On Monday, return for a more colourful rundown of the weekend games.