Monika Levarsky wrote a new chapter in University of the Fraser Valley athletic department history on Wednesday evening, as she was named a U Sports second team All-Canadian.
The third-year forward from Surrey, B.C. is the first Cascades women’s soccer player to earn All-Canadian honours since the program joined the Canada West conference within U Sports (formerly known as CIS) in 2006.
Levarsky was one of the most prolific attacking players in Canada West this season – she finished tied for second in the league with 10 goals and added six assists. She was named a conference first team all-star last week.
“We play in the toughest division (Pacific) of the toughest conference in U Sports, and for Monika to achieve this level of success with the opposition we face, she truly is deserving of this award,” Cascades head coach Rob Giesbrecht said, reflecting on Levarsky’s All-Canadian nod. “This is an award our program and our department can be proud of, because we’re receiving recognition for the outstanding accomplishment of one of our own.”
Giesbrecht noted that Levarsky actually had a slow start in the goal-scoring department – she went goalless in the Cascades’ first six games of the campaign. But even though the ball wasn’t going in the net for her, she still managed to generate offence for her squad, registering five assists during that stretch. She shook her scoring slump on Sept. 25 vs. Thompson Rivers, and broke through in a big way the following weekend with a combined seven goals in wins over UNBC and Alberta en route to U Sports female athlete of the week honours.
Giesbrecht expressed pride in Levarsky’s development over her years on campus, and her progress is reflected in her statistics. She scored six goals as a rookie in 2014, seven in 2015, and 10 this season.
“We’re very proud of her,” Giesbrecht said. “She’s worked hard to have a fantastic season.”