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