UFV’s Sarah Parker dekes around a Heat defender during Canada West women’s soccer action on Saturday. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

UFV Cascades women’s soccer continue unbeaten streak

Club’s run reaches five games, men pick up road win against TRU

The UFV Cascades women’s soccer team’s unbeaten run has now reached five games, but they left some points on the table against the UBC-O Heat on a rainy Saturday night.

The club got a goal in the 16th minute from Brittney Zacharuk, but head coach Rob Giesbrecht said his team had plenty of chances and should have produced more on the scoreboard.

“We probably should have had a couple more and we had a lot of offensive pressure in the first half,” he said. “We had a lot of chances, which is good, but it would have been nice to get a couple in the first half. We let them hang in there and then in soccer you never know what can happen if you let a team stick around.”

The Heat remained just one goal down into the second half, and then tied the game up on a penalty kick after UFV was charged with a handball. The teams traded chances for the remainder of the game, but remained deadlocked at one.

Despite the tie, Giesbrecht said he likes the way his team has looked the past few weeks.

“We’re a young team but we had that great Alberta road trip and I think we’re coming together at the right time,” he said. “There’s only six games left and now it’s on us to finish strong and jostle in the standings.”

The tie comes off a big 3-0 win for the women over the TRU WolfPack on Friday. Gurneet Dhaliwal scored a pair of goals in the win.

The club’s record now stands at four wins, two losses and two ties, and they’re in fourth place in the Canada West’s Pacific division.

Next up for the women is a home and home with the TWU Spartans. They play Friday in Langley and Sunday in Abbotsford.

The men picked up a big 2-1 road win over the WolfPack in Kamloops on Friday. The Cascades trailed 1-0 after the first half, but then got goals from Jassi Mann (54th minute) and David Parfett (81st minute) to earn the win.

Parfett’s goal was a jaw-dropping 40 yard strike that completely fooled the TRU goalie and impressed head coach Tom Lowndes.

“It was a world-class goal,” Lowndes said. “If you see Cristiano Ronaldo do that, people would be talking about it for the next two or three weeks. For it to be his first goal, and the timing of it in the game, was incredible.

“Just a fantastic strike, and no keeper in our league is saving that shot.”

The men host the Heat tomorrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m., before the home and home with the Spartans next weekend.

Read Wednesday’s print edition of the Abbotsford News for more on the teams.

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