Cascades soccer men complete weekend sweep of T-Wolves, win 3-0

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team wrapped up a weekend sweep of the UNBC Timberwolves, earning a 3-0 win in Prince George on Sunday afternoon.

The Cascades, coming off a 1-0 victory over the T-Wolves on Saturday, got goals from Daniel Molendijk, Colton O’Neill and Brady Weir. Keeper Alex Skrzeta made five saves for his second straight shutout and third of the season, tied for the most in Canada West.

Justin Sekhon was UFV's game MVP in Sunday's 3-0 win over the UNBC Timberwolves. (UFV Athletics file photo)

Justin Sekhon was UFV’s game MVP in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the UNBC Timberwolves. (UFV Athletics file photo)

UFV improved to 4-2-0 on the strength of their third consecutive win, and they sit third in the Pacific Division of Canada West. Seventh-place UNBC fell to 1-5-0.

“It’s a tough place to come – they always make it difficult for us,” Cascades head coach Tom Lowndes said. “We started a little bit slow again today. But as the game wore on, we kept the ball and did the things we wanted to do. We scored a couple goals, and it was pleasing to see.

“We also wanted to tighten it up defensively, because we’ve been conceding too many goals for my liking. So to come up here and not concede any was big for us.”

Molendijk opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Cascades captain O’Neill took the ball up the wing and cut it back to the middle to Molendijk for a tidy finish.

O’Neill doubled the lead in the 61st minute. Cascades midfielder Mason Thompson was taken down in the box by T-Wolves defender Dan Goodey, who picked up a yellow card, and O’Neill stepped to the spot and picked the top right corner.

Skrzeta did his best work in the 80th minute, diving to his left to stop a free kick by James Stephens and then parrying Gordon Hall’s attempt on the rebound.

Goodey picked up his second yellow card three minutes later, reducing UNBC to 10 men and blunting their comeback hopes.

Weir, a rookie from Pitt Meadows, B.C., rounded out the scoring in the 90th minute. With the T-Wolves pressing forward, the Cascades caught them with a lightning-quick counterattack that saw three UFV players taking on two UNBC defenders. James Najman took the ball into the box from the right wing and found Weir steaming down the middle, and he tapped it home for his first career Canada West goal.

Justin Sekhon picked up game MVP honours for the Cascades. The fourth-year midfielder was dangerous throughout, and registered a team-high four shots.

The Cascades return home for a pair of games at Abbotsford Senior Secondary next weekend. They host the UBC Okanagan Heat on Friday, and the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Saturday.

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