The Victoria Vikes eliminated the Laval Rouge et Or with a 4-1 shootout victory at the 2017 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship Friday afternoon at the Subway South Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Man.
“Laval is a fantastic soccer team, they have a fantastic soccer program,” said Victoria head coach Tracy David. “To be able to play against the defending national champions is really an honor for us. I was really proud of our performance today.”
Laval entered the tournament as the highest-ranked team and after a disappointing first game they were looking to bounce back.
Both teams played defensive games throughout the first half, each earning shots on goal, but the game remained scoreless. In the second half things picked up a bit, but both goalies stood strong keeping the game scoreless sending it to penalty kicks.
Each team scored on their first attempt. Stephanie Badilla Gutierrez scored on Victoria’s second attempt and Puck Louwes made a huge save on Laval’s attempt. The Vikes scored on their third shot and Louwes came up big again. Brea Christie scored on the Vikes’ fourth attempt clinching the victory.
“I’ve been through shootouts where it’s not until the fifth (shot) that I finally make a save,” said Louwes, who was named the Vikes player of the game. “Losing to Cape Breton we took really hard and this was our way to bounce back and prove ourselves and prove we deserve to be here, and beating Laval was a great way to do that.”
With the loss, Laval is eliminated from the tournament while Victoria will play in the consolation final Sunday morning at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
Players of the game:
- Puck Louwes (Victoria)
- Laurie Couture-Dallaire (Laval)