Cascades soccer men blank Dinos for first win of season

The University of the Fraser Valley soccer teams both turned in solid performances on the road, picking up four of a possible six points.

The University of the Fraser Valley soccer teams both turned in solid performances on the road, picking up four of a possible six points in Alberta on the weekend.

The Cascades men (1-2-1) notched their first victory of the young season, blanking the Calgary Dinos 3-0 on Sunday. That result was preceded by a 1-1 draw with the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday.

UFV rookie striker Dalibor Plavsic scored his first career CIS goal in the first half against Lethbridge, but Conner Brady leveled the score for the Pronghorns after the break.

The next day against the Dinos, the Cascades got goals from James Najman, Justin Sekhon and Sasa Plavsic, while keeper Mark Village stopped all seven shots he saw.

“This was a great team effort today, it was a rewarding victory,” UFV head coach Alan Errington said.

The Cascades women (3-1-1) rallied to beat Lethbridge 2-1, and posted a 2-2 draw with Calgary.

The Pronghorns led 1-0 at the half on Saturday, but UFV came charging back on goals by Donna Pinning and Paige Friesen.

On Sunday, the Dinos fashioned a comeback of their own. The Cascades led 2-0 at the break on a pair of Danica Kump goals, both set up by Carly Neeson, but Calgary’s Amy Hockings and Lauren Vernon tallied to even the score.

• The UFV soccer squads are back at their home pitch, Chilliwack’s Exhibition Field, this weekend. On Friday, the women host the Manitoba Bisons (5 p.m.) while the men play the Saskatchewan Huskies (7:15 p.m.). On Saturday, it’s the women vs. the Winnipeg Wesmen (5 p.m.) and the men facing the Alberta Golden Bears (7:15 p.m.).