Vikes set up final showdown with Tigers
UVic Vikes built a 3-0 halftime lead and held off a determined Rebels 1 squad Thursday (March 24) to win 3-1 to earn a spot in the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division championship final.
The Vikes carried much of the play in the opening two quarters, getting a pair of goals from Caelen Ostrosser and a single from Devan Crawford.
Rebels built some momentum after the break, however, with midfielder Ross Whelan putting a shot behind Vikes keeper Campbell Southy to cut the gap to two in the third quarter.
Speedy Rebel Alex Moore nearly pulled his team within one in the fourth quarter, with a brilliant individual effort that resulted in the ball trickling across the front of the goal behind Southy but staying out. The play did give Rebels a short corner, but Vikes were able to sweep the ball out of harm’s way.
The win sets up a head-to-head battle with league champion Tigers in Sunday’s final, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the UVic turf. Tigers have lost just one game all season, that being a 4-2 decision against UVic on Sept. 26, which seems another lifetime ago at this point of the season.
The final follows the four-team recreational division jamboree, which gets underway with two half-field games at 9:30 a.m. and continues with two more each at 10:30 and 11:30.
Spectators are welcome to come down and check out the action on this last day of the 2021-22 campaign.