Abby soccer players join Cascades

Abbotsford Senior students David Parfett and Jesse March joining UFV men's soccer team in the fall

A pair of Abbotsford Senior Secondary students are set to hit the pitch with the Cascades men’s soccer team next fall.

Grade 12 students David Parfett and Jesse March signed with the UFV men’s program on Monday. The pair currently play for Surrey United’s U18 side in the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.

Parfett’s youth soccer resume includes playing for the B.C. provincial team at the U14 and U15 levels.

“David’s a very technical midfielder,” said Cascades head coach Tom Lowndes said. “He’s a left-footer with very good passing ability, and likes to get box-to-box. He likes to start the play and keep things ticking for his team. I think his work rate and his ability will help him make the step up. I’m excited to see him on the team next year.”

“I chose UFV because it’s close to home and it will give me the best opportunity to grow as a player,” said Parfett, who plans to study kinesiology at UFV. “I’d like to make a positive impact on the team and become a better player.”

March, a former B.C. provincial team keeper, will join his Abby Senior classmate Parfett in the kinesiology program at UFV.

“Jesse’s a big, strong, tall goalkeeper,” Lowndes said. “He’s a very good shot-stopper and a very good distributor. I’ve watched him for a couple years now, and he’s matured into a really solid goalkeeper. I’m excited for him to come in and push our other goalkeepers for a starting position.”

“I chose UFV because I am very interested in the kinesiology program, and it’s close to home,” March said. “My goal and dream would be to use my time with the Cascades as a stepping stone to a professional soccer career, and to earn my degree in kinesiology.”

Also signing with the team was Parfett and March’s teammate from Surrey United, Johnston Heights Secondary student Ryan Donald.