Cascades close out road trip with victory over Pacific Lutheran

23008961214_34b0cea8f5_oThe University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team wrapped up a successful exhibition trip through Washington state with a 2-0 triumph over the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes on Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.

Third-year forward Monika Levarsky opened the scoring for the Cascades – her fourth goal of the four-game jaunt – just 35 seconds into the game on a solo run. Amber Korner made it 2-0 in the 14th minute off a pass from Shayla Phipps, and keepers Kayla Klim and Alexis Gore combined to keep the Lutes off the board.

“Great start to the game,” UFV head coach Rob Giesbrecht analyzed. “We were assertive in our attack and created many high-quality goal-scoring chances in the first 15 to 20 minutes. We lacked the execution to extend our lead but did possess the ball well. We were able to get everyone into the game today and give lots of time to players who hadn’t played a lot in our previous games. Good way to end our trip.”

The win boosted the Cascades’ record to 3-1 on the road swing, coming as it did on the heels of a 4-2 win over the Western Washington Vikings, a 2-0 loss to the St. Martin’s Saints, and a 4-1 win over the Seattle Pacific Falcons. Western Washington, St. Martin’s and Seattle Pacific are NCAA Div. II programs, while Pacific Lutheran is a member of NCAA Div. III.

Giesbrecht’s side wraps up the preseason with a home date against the Concordia University Cavaliers, another NCAA Div. II squad from Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 27 at MRC Sports Complex, Field 4.

The Cascades open the Canada West regular season Sept. 2 against their local rivals, the Trinity Western Spartans (5:30 p.m., MRC Sports Complex, Field 4).

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