Canada West: Izak Lawrence, Meagan Cormier named week’s 1st Stars

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September 10, 2013, EDMONTON – In the first full week of soccer action, Canada West proudly announces that Izak Lawrence of the Calgary Dinos and Meagan Cormier from the Regina Cougars are male and female 1st Stars of the Week, respectively.

Rounding out the men’s selections are Cam Hundal of Victoria and Mount Royal’s Cody Cook.

The Vikes’ Jackie Harrison claimed 2nd Star on the women’s side, while Julia Ignacio was 3rd Star.

The 1st Star on each side go forward and Canadian Interuniversity Sport nominations for Player of the Week.

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1st Star: #9 Izak Lawrence, Calgary (Soccer)

Former Canada West All-Star Izak Lawrence was a major factor in the Dinos’ two wins on the weekend over the Lethbridge Pronghorns to start the season.

In their home opener, the fifth-year veteran came off the bench to score the game winner in the second half in the 3-1 win.

The following day in Lethbridge, Lawrence’s lone goal was the difference maker in the 1-0 win for the Dinos to complete the sweep of the Pronghorns over the weekend.

The Dinos host the Alberta Golden Bears in a double header Sept. 14-15 with the first game played at McMahon stadium before returning to West Varsity Pitch on Sunday.

2nd Star: #23 Cam Hundal, Victoria (soccer)

Third-year midfielder Cam Hundal was the offensive spark that the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team needed this weekend. Hundal was the lone offensive threat in the 4-1 loss to UBC on Friday and despite being unable to break through the No. 1-ranked team’s defence line, the former Canada West Rookie of the Year found his footing on Sunday against Trinity Western.

The Vikes dominated the Spartans 4-0 but it wasn’t easy. Hundal opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after both teams traded opportunities. Hundal finished a Craig Gorman corner at the far post to relieve the pressure and give the Vikes the 1-0 go-ahead. Hundal continued to set up and dominate the Spartans back line, creating numerous opportunities for the Vikes but it took Kurt Macaulay, 37 minutes later, to score the Vikes’ second.

The Spartans backline started to melt, allowing Hundal several opportunities to break through into the box. In added time, Hundal drew a defender in the box, who hauled him down and sent him to the penalty spot. Hundal stepped up, fired the ball into the top of the net to lift the Vikes 3-0. Hundal also did all the hard work moments later to help Cam Stokes notch a fourth goal.

The Vikes are now 1-1-0, tied with Pacific Division powerhouses UBC and Trinity Western. The Vikes will next hit the road to face Winnipeg and Mount Royal, Sept. 13-14.

3rd Star: #6 Cody Cook, Mount Royal (soccer)

On Friday night, Cody Cook scored off a free kick in extra time to tie the game for the Mount Royal Cougars against Winnipeg. On Saturday he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the same Winnipeg Wesmen. The team earned a win and tie as a result of his efforts (1-0-1).

The Cougars next game will be their home opener on Saturday Sept. 14 against the Fraser Valley Cascades.

WOMEN

1st Star: #10 Meagan Cormier, Regina (soccer)

The University of Regina’s Meagan Cormier scored two goals and added an assist on Friday as the Cougars kicked off the Canada West schedule with a 4-1 road victory over Winnipeg. Cormier also played 76 minutes in the team’s 1-0 win over Manitoba on Saturday as the Cougars are one of just two Canada West teams at 2-0-0 through the first weekend of play.

Cormier, who had nine shot attempts and six shots on net in the two games, now has 16 goals in her career and needs just three more to surpass Jessica Waller as the U of R’s all-time scoring leader. She’s already the school’s all-time leader with 11 career assists.

Cormier and the Cougars return to the pitch next weekend with another road match. They’ll square off with fellow 2-0-0 team Saskatchewan on Saturday in Saskatoon.

2nd Star: #11 Jackie Harrison, Victoria (soccer)

Fifth-year central midfielder and team captain Jackie Harrison opened the scoring for the University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team in the 2013 Canada West season. The science major blasted a 30-yard shot into the top-shelf to kick start the Vikes to a 4-1 victory over the UNBC Timberwolves.

The No. 3-ranked Vikes sat on Harrison’s goal, which came in the fourth minute, for 29 minutes until Jaclyn Sawicki pocketed the game winner. UNBC came close trying climb their way back but at the 44th minute, Harrison notched her second of the game to secure the win. Harrison logged all 90 minutes of the Vikes’ season and home opener and had a 77.8 per cent shots on goal statistic in the match.

In addition, Harrison was a pivotal attacking midfielder for the Vikes, dominating the center of the pitch defensively and offensively. With the win, the Vikes are now 1-0-0 in the Canada West and will face CIS top dogs the UBC Thunderbirds and the Trinity Western Spartans Sept. 13-14.

3rd Star: #19 Julia Ignacio, Alberta (soccer)

University of Alberta Pandas soccer player Julia Ignacio is a Canada West Star of the Week, for the week ending September 8, 2013.

Ignacio drew assists on four of six Alberta goals in her first two CIS matches on the season-opening weekend, giving the Pandas a 1-0-1 record.

On Saturday, the fourth-year forward set up an insurance goal by Jessie Candlish in the 30th minute, Alberta eventually winning the game by a 3-0 score over the Lethbridge Pronghorns.

The Education student then helped Candlish twice more on Sunday before assisting on a Laura Kautz tally to put the Pandas up 3-0 by halftime. A late Calgary comeback resulted in a 3-3 tie between Alberta and the Dinos.

Hailing from Edmonton, Alta., Ignacio leads the team in scoring with four assists.

Alberta returns to action on the road next weekend, visiting the Mount Royal Cougars on Wednesday before facing off against the UNBC Timberwolves on Friday.

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