University of the Fraser Valley soccer players Monika Levarsky and Michael Mobilio have been honoured by Canada West for their outstanding performances in conference games on the weekend.
Levarsky is the Canada West female first star of the week after an incredible offensive display against the UNBC Timberwolves and Alberta Pandas.
On Friday, the third-year forward from Surrey, B.C. assisted on the first goal of the game by teammate Shayla Phipps, and then went on to score four goals of her own in a 6-0 victory over UNBC. On Saturday, in a game with huge playoff implications, she scored all three Cascades goals in a 3-1 triumph over the CIS No. 8-ranked Pandas.
To put Levarsky’s offensive explosion into historical context, her four-goal performance against UNBC is tied for the second-highest single-game output in Canada West history and matches Kristen VanderPauw’s team record for the most goals in a single game during the Cascades’ Canada West tenure (dating back to 2006). VanderPauw scored four against the Regina Cougars on Sept. 27, 2006.
Additionally, Levarsky’s seven-goal outburst on the weekend marks the second-most goals scored in back-to-back conference games. UBC’s Janine Frazao scored a total of eight against the Lethbridge Pronghorns and Calgary Dinos on Oct. 16 and 17, 2009.
Levarsky is now tied for second in Canada West with eight goals, and is tied for fourth in the conference with six assists. 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.
The other two female stars of the week were Jasmin Dhanda (second star, UBC Thunderbirds soccer) and Madeline Graham (third star, Victoria Vikes rugby).
Mobilio was the Canada West male third star – he was instrumental in the Cascades’ dominant performance in a 3-0 win over the Victoria Vikes on Saturday.
The third-year midfielder from Coquitlam, B.C. played an important role restricting UVic’s offensive forays, and the Vikes did not register a shot on goal. In the 52nd minute, Mobilio found an opportunity to make an offensive contribution, firing home his first goal of the campaign to stake UFV to a 2-0 lead. The Coquitlam, B.C. product was also a strong performer on Friday for the Cascades in a 2-0 loss to the reigning Canada West champion UBC Thunderbirds.
Mobilio and the Cascades (4-5-1) are back in action this weekend with a huge home-and-home series with their local rivals, the Trinity Western Spartans. The two teams clash in Langley on Friday (7:15 p.m. start) and in Abbotsford on Sunday (6 p.m., MRC Sports Complex).
The conference’s male first and second stars of the week, respectively, were Bori Falaye (Calgary Dinos soccer) and Lahai Mansaray (MacEwan Griffins soccer).