Cascades women’s soccer team enters CIS national rankings at No. 9

wsoc-rankings-oct4-16-instaThe University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has made its season debut in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rankings, checking in at No. 9 in the latest edition of the national poll released Tuesday.

Coming off an impressive six-point weekend on their home pitch which included a 6-0 win over the UNBC Timberwolves on Friday and a 3-1 win over the Alberta Pandas – ranked No. 8 in the nation at the time – on Saturday, the Cascades re-entered the CIS rankings for the first time since Week 7 of the 2015 season.

Head coach Rob Giesbrecht’s charges have compiled a 6-1-2 record in conference play, good for second place in the highly competitive Pacific Division. The Cascades’ 25 goals are second-most in the conference, with third-year forward Monika Levarsky leading the way with eight goals and six assists. The UFV side’s defensive record is similarly stellar – with six goals surrendered in nine games, they own the fourth-best goals against per game mark in Canada West. Keepers Kayla Klim and Emily Harold have combined for five shutouts.

“I’m proud of the girls for the recognition they’re receiving,” Giesbrecht said. “While it has no bearing on the goals we’ve set for our team this year, it’s always nice to be recognized by the coaches of CIS.”

The Cascades are on a five-game winning streak and are undefeated in eight games, dating back to a 2-1 loss to the Trinity Western Spartans in the Canada West season opener on Sept. 2. UFV will seek a measure of revenge on Friday when they face the CIS No. 2-ranked Spartans (7-0-2) at 5 p.m. on TWU’s Langley campus. A win would move them into a tie with the Spartans for first place in the Pacific Division.

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