UFV soccer teams dominate

Cascades men's and women's teams sweep weekend on the road

It was a dominant weekend for the UFV Cascades men’s and women’s soccer teams.

The clubs won all four games they competed in and continued what has been a strong start to the season.

The highly ranked women’s team faced off against the University of Alberta on Friday and beat them 2-0.

The teams were scoreless after the first half but Jade Palm tallied in the 79th and Monika Levarsky scored late in the game to secure the win.

Rookie Gurneet Dhaliwal led all players with three shots on goal and goalkeeper Kayla Klim made seven saves for the clean sheet.

The women then traveled to Prince George on Sunday to battle the UNBC Timberwolves and exploded for the biggest offensive output of the season.

The Cascades beat UNBC 6-1 and got first half goals from Brittany Zacharuk, Levarsky and Palm.

The offence continued in the second half, with goals from Amanda Carruthers, Dhaliwal and another from Levarsky. Keeper Emily Harold made eight saves for the win.

The pair of wins improve the Cascades to a record of five wins, zero losses and one tie. UFV remains in second place in the Canada West Western division behind UBC by two points but they have one game in hand on the Thunderbirds.

It was a similar story for the men’s team, as they swept a two game set in Prince George against the Timberwolves.

Elijah Sampson scored in the 59th minute to give the Cascades the 1-0 win over UNBC on Saturday, and the UFV defence held the Timberwolves to only two shots on goal. Keeper Alex Skrzeta earned the clean sheet and the win.

The two teams met again on Sunday and UFV kept UNBC off the scoreboard again, winning 3-0. Daniel Molendjik opened the scoring at the seven minute mark, with Colton O’Neill and Brady Weird adding goals in the second half. Skrzeta recorded his second straight shutout in the win.

The weekend moves the men’s team to a record of four wins and two losses and they sit in third place in Canada West’s Pacific division.

Following the weekend action, Levarsky was awarded the Canada West second star of the week and the women’s team moved up one spot to rank fifth in the CIS National rankings. This marks the fifth consecutive week that the women’s team has been ranked in the CIS Top Ten, a new record for the school.

The Cascades are the top ranked Canada West team and sit behind Laval, Ottawa, Laurier and York.

The men’s team returns to its home pitch at Abbotsford Secondary on Friday at 4 p.m., when UBCO comes to town. They also host TRU on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The women remain on the road, MacEwan in Edmonton on Saturday and MRU in Calgary on Sunday.