The University of the Fraser Valley soccer programs earned plaudits on Tuesday as the Canada West conference’s weekly awards and the new U Sports national rankings were released.
MSOC’s Weir named Canada West third star
Brady Weir of the Cascades men’s soccer team is the Canada West male third star of the week after demonstrating some impressive positional versatility on the weekend against the UNBC Timberwolves.
The sophomore from Pitt Meadows, B.C., excelled in attacking and defending roles as UFV picked up four of a possible six points vs. the UNBC Timberwolves. Weir lined up as an attacking midfielder on Friday, and was dangerous throughout as UFV and UNBC battled to a 1-1 draw. On Saturday, Weir shifted to left back and sparkled once again. He picked up an assist on Jassi Mann’s second-half goal, providing excellent service on a cross that Mann fired home, and earned game MVP honours in the Cascades’ 2-0 win.
Weir and the Cascades (8-6-2) wrapped up a regular season which saw them set a new program record for wins. UFV, the third seed from the Pacific Division, opens the playoffs on the road this Saturday, taking on the Calgary Dinos (2:15 p.m. MDT).
The male first and second stars of the week, respectively, were Matt Brown (Mount Royal Cougars hockey) and Byron Spriggs (Manitoba Bisons hockey).
WSOC up to No. 8 in national rankings
The Cascades women’s soccer team took a step forward in the latest edition of the U Sports (formerly CIS) national rankings. They check in at No. 8 this week after spending the last three weeks at No. 9.
Head coach Rob Giesbrecht’s squad is coming off a weekend which saw them pick up four of a possible six points at home. They staged an impressive comeback on Friday to tie the No. 5-ranked Calgary Dinos 2-2 in a highly anticipated match-up of nationally ranked teams. And on Saturday, they established a new team record for wins in a Canada West season with nine, thanks to a 2-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Cascades (9-2-3, second in the Pacific Division) are gearing up to host the Victoria Vikes (5-5-4, fifth in the Pacific) in the first round of the Canada West playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at MRC Sports Complex, Field 4.
Both Cascades soccer playoff games will be webcast at ufv.canadawest.tv.