The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision on the road to the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday evening.
The Cascades had a promising start, earning five first-half corner kicks and having the better of the territorial play for much of the half. But the CIS No. 4-ranked T-Birds started finding some traction before the break, and they carried that momentum into the second half, netting two quick goals courtesy Amrit Berar and Jasmin Dhanda.
The Cascades found a response just four minutes after UBC’s second goal, as sophomore striker Monika Levarsky scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season – third-most in Canada West – off a cross from Amanda Carruthers. But the T-Birds (11-1-1) kept them at bay from that point, dropping the Cascades’ record to 8-4-1.
Keeper Kayla Klim made six saves and was named UFV’s player of the game.
“It was too little too late for us, and we couldn’t get back in it,” noted UFV head coach Rob Giesbrecht, whose squad had dealt UBC its lone loss of the season by a 2-1 score back on Sept. 12.
“The start of the game was fine – we did really well, and we were in their end more than they were in ours. But we kind of lost our way a bit, and it was frustrating. You can’t do that against a quality team like UBC.”
The loss to UBC, combined with Trinity Western’s 1-0 road win over the Victoria Vikes, means that the highest the Cascades can finish in the West Division standings is third. But third place would mean a home playoff game, and UFV can clinch that result with a win or a draw in tomorrow’s regular season finale at UVic (5 p.m. start). A loss would mean returning to Victoria next weekend for their first-round playoff game.