Huskies host pair of Top 10 teams

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Nicole Betker

September 19, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies will put their undefeated record on the line as they host a pair of Top 10 teams on Pack the Pitch weekend.

THE HEADLINES

The two Huskie opponents are both ranked in the CIS Top 10. The No. 6 T-Birds and the No. 3 Spartans are joined by the Victoria Vikes as the three Canada West schools in the rankings.

Saskatchewan has started 3-0 for the first time in team history.

Trinity Western has won three of the last four Canada West Championships.

Saskatchewan striker Jenelle Zapski has scored in all three Huskie games this season.

This weekend is Pack the Pitch at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park. All youth wearing soccer shirts/jerseys will receive free admission to both the women’s and men’s games on Saturday and Sunday.

Game Date: September 21 vs. Trinity Western University Spartans                       

Game Date: September 22 vs. UBC Thunderbirds               

Game Locations: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park 

THE MATCHUPS

Vs. TWU: Since the Spartans entered the Canada West in 2001, the Huskies have yet to take a game from the reigning CIS champions trailing in the series 0-16-1. Last year Trinity Western won 3-0 in Langley, BC in the only match between the two squads.

Vs. UBC: Since 2008 the Huskies are 2-4-3 against the T-birds. UBC won the lone meeting between the two clubs last season 4-0 in Vancouver. Neither team has won on the road in this matchup since 2006.

No. 3 Trinity Western University Spartans (1-1-1)

The previously No. 1 ranked Spartans were upset on Saturday at home by the No. 6 Victoria Vikes, but bounced back to record a win over the Fraser Valley Cascades on Sunday.

The reigning conference and national champions have outshot their opponents 41-23 in their first three games, but have converted just three for goals.

The Spartan squad will draw on the experience of returning 2012 CIS Tournament All-Stars Alicia Tesans, Vaness Kovacs, Natalie Boyd and Tournament MVP Jennifer Castillo on a tough Saskatchewan road trip that will see the team travel from Saskatoon to Regina for another match on Sunday.

No. 6 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (1-0-2)

The T-Birds come to Saskatoon fresh off their first win of the season over rivals the No. 6 Vikes.

Janine Frazao, a 2012 First Team All-Canadian, has recorded one assist and three shots on goal for the No. 6 ranked T-Birds. Frazao finished tied for second in the conference with 17 points last season.

UBC opened the season with draws against the Spartans and Cascades. The T-Birds will play in Regina against the Cougars on Saturday before playing the Huskies on Sunday.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (3-0)

The Huskies look to continue their hot start to the season hosting a pair of conference powers this weekend.

Saskatchewan, off to its first 3-0 start in team history after wins over Manitoba, Winnipeg and Regina. Second-year striker Jenelle Zapski has led the team offensively. Zapski has recorded a goal in all three Huskie games and added one assist.

Keeper Cara Santaga has started all three games in net for the green and white. The Trinity Western transfer will face her former team for the first time on Saturday.

 

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