Cascades sign Surrey trio

Cowx, Naiker and Purewal suiting up in the fall

The UFV Cascades men’s soccer program reloaded this week with a trio of Surrey soccer talents.

The club announced the additions of Surrey United teammates Jackson Cowx, Brennan Naiker and Navraj Purewal, and the three players will don the green starting this fall.

The players come to UFV with critical spots open on the team.

The UFV program is waving goodbye to three graduating players from its 2018 squad: a pair of goalkeepers (David Hicks and Alex Skrzeta) and an All-Canadian centre back (Tammer Byrne).

Cowx is a goalkeeper, and Naiker and Purewal are centre backs – as such, they’ll instantly add competition for playing time and critical depth at those positions.

The trio join previously announced recruit Jehmrode Kahlon from Abbotsford Senior in the Cascades’ Class of 2019.

“They’ve been part of a very successful team – they won the Provincial Cup together and finished fourth at nationals this year at U17,” stated UFV head coach Tom Lowndes.

“We’re looking to replace some strong individuals who have graduated, and I’m excited about these players.

“They’re competitors, good technical players, and they fit into the culture of our program.”

Cowx was a standout at the Metro level for Surrey United, winning league MVP honours in 2016 before earning a permanent spot with SUSC’s BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) side.

He backstopped the team to a provincial title and a fourth-place finish at the national championships, turning heads with a pair of penalty-kick stops at nationals.

Naiker experienced a great deal of success with Surrey United’s BCSPL side – he won provincial titles at the U14 and U17 levels, winning a U14 national silver medal and adding a U17 fourth-place finish at the 2018 nationals.

Prior to that, he won a U13 Metro championship and was league MVP. Naiker also excelled for his school soccer team, helping his Fleetwood Park Dragons to a fifth-place finish at AAA provincials last season and earning team MVP honours each of the past two years.

Purewal won a trio of BCSPL championships with Surrey United, winning it all at the U13, U14 and U17 levels and adding the aforementioned silver-medal (U14) and fourth-place (U17) finishes at nationals.

He has earned a reputation as a player who blends a solid technical approach to the game with a fierce competitive streak.

For more on the players, visit gocascades.ca.

Just Posted

KMS Tools celebrating grand opening in Abbotsford

New location on McConnell Road, right next to Costco

Highway 1 crash in Langley slowing traffic

Accident happened at 232nd Street and has left one car on the right shoulder

Abbotsford mayor: Can city cut weedy medians and bill province?

Residents keep complaining about poorly maintained highway median

Nitro Circus landing in Abbotsford in May

Popular action sports event tour bringing ‘You Got This’ tour to Rotary Stadium

Developer hopes to build 300 homes near Highstreet

City of Abbotsford has also received application for a large apartment building on McCallum

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Adoption centre closes despite effort to save it; B.C. left with two agencies

Choices Adoption and Pregnancy Counselling in Victoria was set to close in April

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to meet with Trudeau today to discuss throne speech

Top ask will be for Liberal support for the immediate creation of a national universal pharmacare program

B.C. set to announce changes around youth vaping, regulations

Move will involved education, tightening access, working with partners and pressuring the federal government

Yelling at your dog might hurt its long-term mental health: study

Researchers find dogs trained using negative reinforcement are more ‘pessimistic’

Vancouver Island soap company releases Lucky Lager beer soap

Beer-infused olive oil soap comes out just in time for holiday shopping

Jagmeet Singh says he’ll vote against throne speech if NDP requests not met

Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday

Workers’ camp at LNG facility in Kitimat takes shape

Extensive worker camp now being assembled

Most Read