Abbotsford/Lethbridge/Calgary – With files from Eoin Colquhoun, Lethbridge Pronghorns
Women’s Soccer: Pronghorns blank Cascades
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team struggled in its first road game of the Canada West campaign, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Kayla Blacquiere paced the Pronghorns (1-1-1) with two goals and an assist, Lindsay Amatto also scored twice, and Nikki Furukawa added a single.
The Cascades (0-2-1) will look to get back on track Sunday as they visit the Calgary Dinos (12 p.m. MT / 11 a.m. PT).
“We were very flat in the first half,” Cascades head coach Rob Giesbrecht said. “We paid the price for being reactive, and we dug ourselves a hole we couldn’t get out of. Our opponents took their chances well.
“It’s important we learn that in Canada West women’s soccer, a team must earn the points they accumulate. Today’s flat performance was uncharacteristic of us; however, full credit to our opponent.”
The Pronghorns opened the scoring 17 minutes in, as Blacquiere fed the ball through the middle of the field to Amatto, who made no mistake for her first of the season.
Lethbridge’s Erica Augsten nearly doubled the lead two minutes later, but Cascades rookie goalkeeper Joven Sandhu, making her first career Canada West start, made a spectacular save to push the ball over the crossbar.
Blacquiere, though, broke through in the 37th minute to make it 2-0, collecting a pass from Furukawa and sending a shot over Sandhu.
The Cascades had the first two scoring chances of the second half – Brittney Zacharuk and Harneet Dadrao both had good looks, but both missed the net.
The Pronghorns pulled away from there, with Blacquiere, Furukawa and Amatto scoring in succession.
Lethbridge finished with a 16-7 edge in shots and an 11-2 advantage in shots on target; the Cascades, meanwhile, earned seven corners to the Pronghorns’ four.
Men’s Soccer: Early goal sparks Dinos past Cascades
Bori Falaye’s goal in the opening minute of play changed the complexion of the game, and sent the Calgary Dinos on their way to a 2-0 victory over the UFV Cascades in Canada West men’s soccer action on Saturday evening.
Mere moments after the opening kick-off, the ball took an odd bounce and hit the right hand of Cascades defender Jun Won Choi, giving the visiting Dinos a free kick inside Cascades territory. They converted with ruthless precision – Jared Fillo sent the ball in to Bori Falaye, and he rose to meet it a split-second before UFV defender Tammer Byrne and goalkeeper Alex Skrzeta arrived, heading it over them and into the net.
The Cascades (1-4-1) pressed for the equalizer but came up empty, and Falaye added an insurance marker on a penalty kick in the 86th minute for the Dinos (3-3-0).
“It’s 1-0 after 54 seconds, and it’s a bit of an uphill battle from there,” UFV head coach Tom Lowndes noted. “But I thought we responded well . . . we came out in the second half and really, I thought we dominated for 35 minutes. All the play was in their half. But we’re just not quite good enough in the final third right now.
“It’s the quality in our delivery – that goes to our set pieces and it goes to our balls from out wide. It just wasn’t really good enough tonight. When we have quality delivery, we have guys in the box who can score goals. But we didn’t really give them too much of a chance to get in the box.”
The Cascades’ best looks at an equalizer came in the second half. Brady Weir, in the 67th minute, had his sharp-angle effort smothered by Dinos keeper Jake Ruschkowski. And in the 83rd, Gurmaan Jhaj’s free kick found Choi at the far post, but his close-range header went off the woodwork.
Shortly thereafter, Falaye was taken down in the box by UFV’s Spencer Williams, and he stepped to the spot and sent a bottom-corner shot past Skrzeta.
The Cascades hit the road next weekend to visit the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday and the MacEwan Griffins on Sunday.
“It’s frustrating – I don’t think it’s a 2-0 game,” Lowndes said, reflecting on the Calgary performance. “But we’ve got to keep our heads up – we’ve got to stay together, and go again next weekend.”