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Men’s Soccer: Cascades drop 1-0 decision to Huskies

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team wrapped up its Eastern road trip with a 1-0 loss to the Saskatchewan Huskies on Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon.

Jacob Powell’s goal in the 35th minute stood up as the game-winner for the Huskies, who improved to 3-3-2. The Cascades fell to 3-4-1, which leaves them fourth in the Pacific Division.

“It was funny, because in the first half, we played the best football we’ve played all year,” UFV head coach Tom Lowndes said. “We caused them problems. But we conceded a set piece goal which is never good, and we go in at half 1-0 down.

“We came out in the second half with the same fight and pressed for large potions of the game, but just weren’t able to put one in. We’re not getting that bounce, that bit of luck that some teams are getting right now. We’ve just got to keep working hard, keep believing and keep fighting.”

The Huskies opened the scoring when Tyler Redl’s cross found the foot of a sliding Powell, and he deflected the ball past the outstretched arms of Cascades keeper Alex Skrzeta.

The best chance for the Cascades on five first-half shots was on a free kick just outside the box, but Connor MacMillan’s attempt sailed just over the crossbar. The second half would prove equally fruitless for the Cascades.

Skrzeta finished with 10 saves, and Lowndes praised the play of Tammer Byrne, whose outstanding performance at centre back included a goal-line clearance. Byrne was the Cascades’ game MVP.

The Cascades return home to face the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday and the Victoria Vikes on Saturday. Both games kick off at 8 p.m. at MRC Sports Complex.

– with files from Saskatchewan Huskies communications

Women’s Soccer: Cascades post third straight shutout win, top WolfPack 3-0

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team wrapped up a productive trip to the B.C. Interior with a 3-0 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Sunday afternoon in Kamloops.

The Cascades, coming off a 2-0 triumph over the UBC Okanagan Heat on Saturday, picked up their third straight win via shutout, with Emily Harold earning the clean sheet.

Monika Levarsky, Sunayna Samra and Simi Lehal supplied the goals for UFV, and Danica Kump registered two assists en route to game MVP honours.

The Cascades improved to 4-1-2, which gives them sole possession of third place in the highly competitive Pacific Division. Thompson Rivers (1-5-0) is seventh in the Pacific.

“We played much better than yesterday – it was a much more positive performance, and we created a lot of chances,” UFV head coach Rob Giesbrecht said. “Some inefficiency around the goal cost us in the first half, but we scored some good goals.”

The Cascades were unable to find the back of the net for the first half-hour despite dominating possession, but the floodgates opened in the 35th minute.

Levarsky got UFV on the board, finishing off a feed from Kump from close range. It was the first goal of the season for the third-year striker, who paced the Cascades and tied for third in Canada West with seven goals in 2015.

“She’s such an important attacking presence for us, and we were confident the goals were going to come,” Giesbrecht said of Levarsky, who despite being snakebit in the goal-scoring department prior to Sunday had still been a major offensive contributor with five assists (second-most in Canada West). “She gets to good areas, and she’s had a lot of assists this year.”

Fifth-year midfielder Samra notched her first of the season just two minutes after Levarsky’s tally, curling a picture-perfect corner kick inside the far post.

The Cascades had several chances to expand the lead – Amanda Carruthers was robbed by TRU keeper Alyssia Smith in first-half injury time, and Kump sent a long cross from Kara Delwo off the post early in the second half.

Lehal put the game out of reach in the 57th minute with her second goal of the season. Kump came streaking down the left wing and chipped a short cross into the path of Lehal, who put her 5’11” frame to great use on the close-range header.

The Cascades out-shot the WolfPack 23-9 and had a 12-3 edge in corner kicks. Harold, making her first appearance of the season, picked up the shutout.

“She managed her penalty area really well, and looked really confident,” Giesbrecht said.

The Cascades return home for games against the UNBC Timberwolves on Friday and the Alberta Pandas on Saturday at MRC Sports Complex. Both games kick off at 5:30 p.m.

GOLF: Park, Cascades women win again, UFV men fourth at Westwood Plateau

Sharon Park spearheaded a third straight tournament win for the University of the Fraser Valley women’s golf team, while the men’s squad finished fourth at the Douglas Invitational at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam.

Park, a rookie from Surrey, B.C., picked up her second individual tourney win in three PacWest conference starts, firing rounds of 76 on Saturday and 80 on Sunday to finish ahead of teammates Jennifer Kell (76-87=163) and Hannah Dirksen (79-85=164). Park also leapfrogged Dirksen in the overall standings – she’s amassed 483 strokes through three tourneys, with Dirksen (489) and Kell (492) in pursuit.

“Sharon’s been playing some really solid golf, but that said, I don’t think we’ve even seen the best of her yet,” Cascades head coach Chris Bertram said. “She’s still learning to deal with the nerves of playing in a team competition, but all the signs are there, and we’re expecting big things from her going forward.”

The Cascades women’s team finished 17 strokes ahead of the UBC Okanagan Heat on the weekend, and now lead the aggregate standings by 42 strokes with just one tourney – this coming weekend’s VIU Invitational at Morningstar Golf Club – left on the conference schedule.

The UFV men opened the weekend 11 strokes back of the Camosun Chargers in the overall race, and they made up four strokes during Saturday’s opening round. But they gave back those four strokes, plus three more, on Sunday to fall 14 strokes back in the aggregate.

The Langara Falcons won the Douglas tourney, combining for 591 strokes to finish ahead of the UBC Okanagan Heat (593), Camosun (595) and UFV (598).

“The tournament this weekend, it was kind of one step forward and two steps back,” Bertram noted. “On Saturday, we’d made up some ground on the conference leaders, but we slipped back on Sunday and didn’t have our best day. But that said, we’ve solidified our spot in second, and we have one more tournament to chase down the conference win.”

Zach Olson was once again the top Cascade on the weekend, carding rounds of 74 and 72 to finish tied for fifth individually, seven strokes back of UBCO’s James Casorso. UFV’s Halen Davis (76-74=150) and Cole Briggs (73-77=150) were tied for ninth, Connor O’Dell (74-77=151) was 13th, Nick Guenther (76-78=154) was T16, and Kaleb Fisher (80-75=155) was T19.

Olson (435 total strokes) and Davis (443) are sixth and seventh, respectively, in the overall individual race, where Langara’s Jacob Vanderpas (428) owns a three-stroke lead.

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