Cascades’ Levarsky honoured as CIS female athlete of the week

insta-cis-athlete-of-the-week-levarskyMonika Levarsky of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has been recognized as the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS female athlete of the week.

Levarsky, a third-year business administration student from Surrey, B.C., scored seven of UFV’s 10 goals, and assisted on an eighth, in a pair of wins over UNBC and Alberta on the weekend. The Cascades’ forward found the back of the net four times in a 6-0 victory against the Timberwolves Friday before recording a hat trick Saturday in a 3-1 win against the Pandas. The offensive explosion – the second largest in back-to-back games in Canada West history – vaulted Levarsky into a tie for fifth in scoring across the country, and UFV to the No. 9 ranking in the CIS women’s soccer Top 10.

Soccer players Alex Hogg of Royal Military College and Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith of Acadia, and cross country runner Mélanie Mayrand of McGill were also nominated for the women’s award. The male athlete of the week was Niklas Bauer, a soccer player from Wilfred Laurier University.

Levarsky is the second Cascades women’s soccer player to win the CIS female athlete of the week award. Ellen Kuyer was selected in November 2010.

“I’m very proud of Monika,” Cascades head coach Rob Giesbrecht said. “She works so hard and has shown great mental toughness this season. She is a competitive warrior who plays on the edge. It was great to see Monika break through this past weekend and we look forward to her continuing her positive play throughout our season.”

Levarsky’s eight goals in Canada West play are tied for second-most in the conference, and she’s tied for fourth in assists with six. She leads the Cascades (6-1-2) into a Friday showdown for first place in the Pacific Division against the Trinity Western Spartans (7-0-2), with kickoff set for 5 p.m. on TWU’s Langley campus.

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