October 11, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – With six matches left in the Canada West men’s soccer schedule, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to make the most out of a weekend series against tough B.C. opponents.
The Trinity Western University Spartans visit Saskatoon Saturday, while the UBC Thunderbirds are in town Sunday.
A young Saskatchewan team finds themselves in second in the conference’s Prairie Division with a 5-2-2 record on the strength of an undefeated record in the first six matches of the season. The Huskies are just three behind the first place Alberta Golden Bears (6-1-2) and just four points up on the third place Lethbridge Pronghorns (3-2-4), making each match left in the season of importance.
In men’s soccer in 2012-13, the top three teams in each division advance to the postseason.
Both the UBC Thunderbirds and the Trinity Western Spartans enter the weekend in control of the Pacific Division standings. The T-Birds are first with a perfect 8-0 record, while Trinity follows closely behind with an undefeated 6-0-2 record. With just the Victoria Vikes close by at 5-3-2, both the T-Birds and Spartans seem destined for playoffs.
Second-year striker Brett Levis has continued to make an impact for the Huskies scoring three of the four goals scored in the last four matches. The 2011-12 Canada West All-Star has seven goals and five assists on the season. A key component to the Huskies’ success has been the strong play of rookies Mitchell Bauch, Mathew Gilliot and Carson MacDonald, as well as veterans Dion Morgan and Sam Mylymok. Veteran keeper Mark Diakiw has also played strong starting all nine matches in 2012 allowing just 10 goals and recording three shutouts.
Trinity Western’s offence is led by Jarvis Ambaka, Spencer Schmidt and Jason Wiens. Ambaka has tallied four times for the Spartans, followed by Schmidt and Wiens with three each. Evan Lowther and Andrew Hicks have split time in net for Trinity Western. The three have combined for 24 saves.
Allowing just four goals all season, UBC has been a tough competitors in 2012. Offence has come from a variety of players. Gagandeep Dosanjh leads the conference with 11 goals and seven assists, while Navid Mashinchi, Paul Clerc and Reynold Stewart each have three for the T-Birds. Luke O’Shea has started five matches for the T-Birds making 17 saves and recording three shutouts.
Match times are 2:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park. For tickets, call 966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca