The University of the Fraser Valley soccer teams’ regular season schedules were released on Wednesday, along with the rest of the Canada West conference, and among the highlights is a new home pitch for the Cascades.
After playing their home games at Panther Field at Abbotsford Senior Secondary the past two years, the Cascades men’s and women’s soccer squads will be moving to the MRC Sports Complex in 2016. MRC Sports Complex (3106 Clearbrook Road) features three brand new synthetic turf fields located between Matsqui Recreation Centre, Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School and W.J. Mouat Secondary. The Cascades will play on the south pitch, also known as Field No. 4.
“It’s a fantastic new facility, and we’re happy to be one of the first user groups,” said Steve Tuckwood, UFV director of athletics and campus recreation. “The city has made a considerable investment in amateur sport, and we appreciate being a beneficiary of that.”
The Cascades soccer teams open the Canada West campaign with a home doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 2. The UFV women takes on their local rivals, the Trinity Western Spartans, at 5:30 p.m. in a game which also happens to be the first Canada West women’s game of the fall. The Cascades men host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, with kickoff set for 8 p.m.
The Cascades’ complete regular season schedules can be accessed at the following links.
The nine-week men’s regular season concludes Sunday, Oct. 23, before conference quarter-final action on Saturday, Oct. 29 and the men’s Final Four Nov. 5-6. A total of eight men’s playoff berths are up for grabs in 2016, with four Pacific and four Prairie division teams qualifying for Canada West post-season play.
The women’s eight-week regular season wraps up Sunday, Oct. 23, with 12 teams competing in regional playoff action on Saturday, Oct. 29. As was the case last season, the Canada West women’s soccer season culminates in a six-team championship tournament – the Select Six – which will be hosted by the highest remaining Pacific Division team Nov. 3-6.
The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships run Nov. 10-13, with the men’s tournament hosted by the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ont.) and the women’s tourney hosted by Acadia University (Wolfville, N.S.).