Canada West Athletes of the Week: Meagan Cormier, Marco Visintin

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September 17, 2012, EDMONTON – Soccer players Meagan Cormier (Regina) and Marco Visintin (UBC) are the Canada West Athletes of the Week.

FEMALE: #10 Meagan Cormier, Regina (soccer)

Regina’s Meagan Cormier had a record-setting match on Sunday, scoring four times and assisting on the other as the Cougars took out Winnipeg by a 5-0 score.

Cormier set up the first goal of the game, hitting a streaking Tayler Firth, who found the back of the net just six minutes in, and Cormier herself gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead 37 minutes.

She continued in the second half, as she beat the Wesmen keeper to extend the home side’s lead. Her third goal – scoring the first hat trick in U of R history – came after a scramble in the box following a corner kick, as her shot went off the bottom of the cross bar and in.

Cormier’s free kick from 22 yards out found the right side of the net, giving her the first four-goal performance in a single match by a Canada West player since UBC’s Janine Frazao accomplished the feat twice in 2009.

Cormier’s performance on Sunday helped the U of R to a two-win weekend, as the team also defeated then-CIS #9 Manitoba 1-0 on Saturday, as Cormier had two shots on goal.

Off to their best start in program history, the Cougars (3-0-0) will attempt to make it four straight victories to start the conference schedule next Sunday against UNBC (0-3-1).

MALE: #17 Marco Visintin, UBC (soccer)

Marco Visintin, a fifth-year midfielder from Vancouver, was instrumental in keeping the CIS #6 UBC Thunderbirds undefeated this past weekend.

Visintin scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 4-2 comeback victory over the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday in Chilliwack, BC. Both tallies were recorded on penalty kicks, with the first coming right before halftime with UBC trailing 2-1. His 68th-minute spot kick goal gave the Thunderbirds a 3-2 lead.

The next night at home in Vancouver, UBC defeated top-ranked Victoria 1-0. While Visintin didn’t get on the scoreboard, his quality play in the midfield was the reason he was chosen as UBC’s Game MVP at the end of the match.

With the two victories, UBC improved to 4-0-0 on the season, and the Thunderbirds have a bye this weekend.

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