UFV Athletes Of The Week Honours

Abbotsford, BC – Womens Soccer: Dhaliwal named Canada West second star of the week

Gurneet Dhaliwal of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has been named the Canada West female second star of the week.

Dhaliwal, a rookie forward/midfielder, scored two huge second-half goals on Saturday vs. the UBC Okanagan Heat to secure a victory and a six-point weekend for the Cascades.

The score was tied 1-1 at halftime, but Dhaliwal went to work after the break, striking twice in three minutes to boost UFV to a 3-1 win. The Surrey, B.C. native was dangerous all game long, tying for team-high honours with three shots on target.

The Canada West female first star of the week was Natasha Loucks (Calgary Dinos rugby), and the third star was Amanda Kurianowicz (Victoria Vikes field hockey).

The CIS No. 6-ranked Cascades, who also posted a 1-0 win over Thompson Rivers on Friday, are unbeaten in Canada West regular season action at 3-0-1 and sit second in the West Division.

UFV will look to stay on a roll as they play their first road games this week – Friday at the Alberta Pandas, and Sunday at the UNBC Timberwolves.

Men’s and Women’s Golf: Olson, Dirksen named PacWest golf athletes of the week

Cascades golfers Zach Olson and Hannah Dirksen both earned PacWest golf athlete of the week honours after combining to sweep the individual titles at the KPU Invitational on the weekend.

It was the first career PacWest individual victory for both. Sophomore Olson, a Strathmore, Alta. product, was the only golfer in the men’s field to close the tourney under par, carding rounds of 72 and 71 to finish at one-under. That was good for a three-stroke victory over Steven Hayes of the Douglas Royals.

Dirksen, also a second-year Cascade, dominated the women’s division. The Mission product’s total score of 163 (82-81) was good for a seven-stroke margin over her closest pursuer, teammate Jennifer Kell.

This weekend, the UFV golf teams head to Victoria for the third of four PacWest conference tourneys, hosted by Camosun at Bear Mountain. The Cascades host the final PacWest event the following weekend (Oct. 3-4), and the CCAA PING Golf National Championships just over a week later (Oct. 13-16). Both events will be held at the Cascades’ home course, Chilliwack Golf Club.

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