Photo credit Blair Shier
TORONTO (CIS) – The fifth-seeded Western Mustangs notched their first-ever win on the national stage with a 3-1 upset victory over the No. 4 Victoria Vikes in the sixth preliminary round match of the FHC - CIS women’s field hockey championship, Friday afternoon at Varsity Centre.
Western had gone 0-3 in its only previous appearance at the CIS tournament in 2003 and was defeated 6-0 by Toronto on Thursday in its first match-up of the 2012 tourney. The Mustangs (1-1) wrap up round robin play on Saturday with contests against Guelph (2-0) at 10 a.m. and UBC (1-0-1) at 4 p.m.
With the loss, Victoria is now 0-3 at the championship and is in tough to advance to Sunday’s bronze medal game. With a 1-12 goal differential after three outings, the Vikes need to beat Toronto (1-1-1) by a big score in their preliminary round finale Saturday at 12:20 p.m., and hope Western will drop its two remaining contests by a wide margin.
“The girls played fantastic,” said Western sideline boss Jeff Pacheco, the CIS coach of the year. “I thought we stuck to the game plan very well. We played a full 70 minutes, which we are now becoming accustomed to.”
“Tomorrow will be a tough day,” added Pacheco. “We have our work cut out for us. It will be the biggest day of field hockey for Western in the history in the program.”
Katelyn Rogonowicz, a CIS all-Canadian from Burlington, Ont., opened the scoring in the second minute of action as she fired the ball past goalie Sheriden Goodmanson, a native of Victoria.
The Vikes evened the score, also notching their first goal of the championship, when rookie midfielder Amanda Watson of North Vancouver, B.C, snuck the ball past Western’s Bethan Blackburn in the 31st minute.
The game remained 1-1 at the midway point of the contest.
Second-year forward Jessica Crawford of Oakville, Ont., got the go-ahead goal for the Mustangs as she tipped a Megan Duffy shot to find the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Vancouver native Safia Mohamed added an insurance marker in the 57th minute.
“We played individually today and you can’t beat any team when you play individually,” said Victoria head coach Lynne Beecroft. “I’m hoping we can come out and play hard tomorrow. At the end of the day it comes down to goal differential.”
WES: 1-2: 3
VIC: 1-0: 1
WES Katelyn Roganowicz (1), 2nd minute
VIC Amanda Watson (1), 31st
WES Jessica Crawford (1), 43rd
WES Safia Mohamed (1), 57th
WES: Bethan Blackburn (W, 70:00, 1 GA, 1-1-0)
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (L, 70:00, 3 GA, 0-3-0)
Players of the game
WES: Lauren Mackenzie (Burlington, Ont.)
VIC: Amanda Watson (North Vancouver, B.C.)
1. UBC (Canada West champions)
2. Toronto (OUA champions)
3. Guelph (OUA finalists)
4. Victoria (Canada West second place)
5. Western (OUA bronze medallists)
STANDINGS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/fh/index
Round-robin standings (after 6 of 10 games)
GP W L T GF GA PTS
1. Guelph 2 2 0 0 8 2 6
2. UBC 2 1 0 1 5 1 4
3. Toronto 3 1 1 1 9 4 4
4. Western 2 1 1 0 3 7 3
5. Victoria 3 0 3 0 1 12 0
NOTE: 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.
Thursday, Nov. 1
9:30 Game 1: UBC 1 Toronto 1
11:50 Game 2: Guelph 5 Victoria 0
15:30 Game 3: Toronto 6 Western 0
17:50 Game 4: UBC 4 Victoria 0
Friday, Nov. 2
10:00 Game 5: Guelph 3 Toronto 2
12:20 Game 6: Western 3 Victoria 1
16:00 Game 7: UBC vs. Guelph (CIS-SIC.tv webcast)
Saturday, Nov. 3
10:00 Game 8: Guelph vs. Western (CIS-SIC.tv webcast)
12:20 Game 9: Toronto vs. Victoria (CIS-SIC.tv webcast)
16:00 Game 10: UBC vs. Western (CIS-SIC.tv webcast)
17:30 Tie-Breaking Strokes (if necessary)
Sunday, Nov. 4
10:00 Bronze medal (CIS-SIC.tv webcast)
13:00 Championship final (CIS-SIC.tv webcast)