UFV soccer teams begin preseason preparations

The University of the Fraser Valley men's soccer team posted a loss and a draw at the Keg Cup spring preseason tournament.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team posted a loss and a draw at the Keg Cup spring preseason tournament in Victoria on the weekend.

The host UVic Vikes beat the Cascades 2-0 in Saturday’s semifinals, with Gavin Barrett and Cam Hundal scoring the goals.

On Sunday, the UFV men battled the Trinity Western Spartans to a scoreless draw in the third-place match. The Cascades may have deserved a better fate as they out-shot the Spartans 11-3, but TWU goalie Andrew Hicks kept them at bay. UFV keeper Jacob Kubanski also posted a clean sheet.

“It was a very good first half for the guys, we played well and were unlucky on several scoring chances,” UFV head coach Alan Errington said.

UFV WOMEN BEAT ‘CAPS YOUNGSTERS

The Cascades women’s soccer team beat the Vancouver Whitecaps girls elite side 1-0 in exhibition play on Saturday at Newton Park in Surrey.

UFV played a great defensive game, shutting down one of more explosive U18 offences, and got the game-winner in the 80th minute as Victoria Baird scored off a scramble in front of the Whitecaps net. Cascades keeper Kayla Klim posted the shutout.

“Proud of our group today, they worked extremely hard and bought into the game plan,” UFV coach Rob Giesbrecht said. “We were difficult to break down and at times dangerous in our attack. Big thanks to the Whitecaps for putting on a quality event and allowing us to be a part of it.”

CASCADES PLAY AT HOME THIS WEEK

The UFV soccer teams host the Alberta U18 squads in exhibition action on Tuesday at Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park.

The Alberta provincial teams are prepping for the Canada Summer Games, to be held in Sherbrooke, Que. in August. The women play at 9 a.m., and the men play at 11 a.m.

Additionally, the Cascades men host FC Edmonton, a North American Soccer League pro side coached by Abbotsford resident Colin Miller, in an exhibition game on Wednesday. The game goes at 11 a.m. at Exhibition Park.

Miller has held many local soccer coaching jobs, including serving as the UFV women’s head coach and as an assistant with the men under Errington.