Vikings score late to vanquish Cascades

One goal is all the Western Washington Vikings needed in a 1-0 win over the University of the Fraser Valley women's soccer squad.

The University of Western Washington Vikings defeated the UFV Cascades 1-0 in an exhibition women’s soccer match on Tuesday.

The game was played in Bellingham, WA.

UFV’s preseason record now stands at 2-3-1 with two matches left before the home opener.

The Cascades host Mount Royal University Sept. 7  at Exhibition Stadium in Chilliwack. Tuesday’s match was evenly played and tied at the half.

WWU scored the game’s lone goal in the 79th minute to earn the victory.

UFV’s veteran goalkeeper, Chantelle Biagioni (Pitt Meadows), played the first 70 minutes. Rookie Kayla Klim (Burnaby) played the final 20 minutes.

“We closed our opponents down very well tonight, we were aggressive in our tackles and at times we showed composure in linking passes together,” said UFV coach Rob Giesbrecht. “Western Washington is an excellent team, they are well coached, very athletic and it’s always an intense physical battle when we play them.

Individually, Giesbrecht was impressed with the performance of Biagioni and midfielder Chelsea Steffen.

“Samantha Ricker played her best game in a Cascade uniform,” he added. “And It was nice having Carly Neeson back in the line-up, as we’ve missed her attacking mentality.”

UFV hosts Simon Fraser University Saturday night at Exhibition Stadium as part of the annual Chilliwack Soccer Association summer tournament. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m.