Title: Thunderbirds Sweep Vikes, Remain Undefeated
Date: September 30, 2012
Original Source: UBC Thunderbirds
Synopsis: Post-game recap for Sept. 30 Women’s Field Hockey game between UBC and UVic.
Team Canada teammate Poonam Sandhu (Vancouver, BC) fed Katherine Gillis (Toronto, BC) just ten minutes later, who dished to Sourisseau for her second of the game, expanding the UBC lead and putting UVIC on their heels for the second straight day.
The Vikes added a tally in the 70th minute off of a penalty corner goal by Andrea Jones, but goalkeeper Bea Francisco (Richmond, BC) otherwise shut the door to contain the one goal lead.
The team is understandably pleased with the 4-0 start, but are more importantly excited that their game plan is beginning to materialize in the on-field results.
“It was a really good weekend,” said assistant coach Kimo Linders. “It was interesting. We were surprised by their transition speed. Since our strategy is to push it forward, it sometimes leaves gaps in the back, which they tried to exploit. It was good for us to learn from that.”
The Thunderbirds are getting a reputation as an energetic and difficult opponent, which was evident throughout the weekend as they consistently maintained pressure on the Vikes’ defence.
“It was a very attacking and fast-paced game, which we like to emphasize,” Linders explained. “It was very mature hockey.”
The win moves the Thunderbirds to a perfect 4-0 record while dropping Victoria to 2-2, after both teams had previously swept series with Calgary. UBC will play both Victoria and Calgary twice more each, looking to further expand their commanding division lead. After a weekend off, the Thunderbirds will head to Calgary next and wrap up at home against the Vikes.