Canada West: Ignacio (Alberta), Mashinchi (UBC) named week’s 1st Stars


October 1, 2013, EMONTON – 1st Stars… Alberta Pandas soccer student-athlete Julia Ignacio is on a record scoring pace, while men’s leading scorer Navid Mashinchi has the UBC T-Birds at 7-1-0 and ranked #2 in CIS.



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Canada West: Ignacio (Alberta), Mashinchi (UBC) named week’s 1st Stars

EDMONTON – University of Alberta Pandas soccer student-athlete Julia Ignacio is on a record scoring pace after recording another five points this past weekend to claim Canada West 1st Star of the Week for a second time this year.

Canada West leading scorer Navid Mashinchi and the UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team sit in first place at 7-1-0, have six straight victories and are ranked #2 in CIS after another two-win weekend.


1st STAR: #10 Navid Mashinchi, UBC (soccer)

Home: Port Moody, B.C.

Height: 5-9

Year: 4th

Academic: Commerce

UBC soccer midfielder Navid Mashinchi, a native of Port Moody, B.C., recorded two goals and two assists to lead his CIS #2 UBC Thunderbirds to a pair of home victories on the weekend.

On Friday night in Vancouver, Mashinchi found the net twice against the Saskatchewan Huskies at Thunderbird Stadium.

He opened the scoring in the 16th minute knocking in his own rebound from a saved penalty kick. Then with the score tied in the 88th minute, Mashinchi got the game winner as he buried a loose ball in the penalty area to give his team a 3-2 victory.

The fourth-year Commerce student added two assists on Saturday as UBC crushed No. 4 Alberta 4-0. Mashinchi assisted on Milad Mehrabi’s brilliant 48th-minute strike that put the Thunderbirds up by three goals. Ten minutes later, his corner kick found Niall Cousens, who headed the ball into the net to complete the UBC win.

2nd STAR: #10 Brett Levis, Saskatchewan (soccer)

Third-year University of Saskatchewan striker Brett Levis scored two goals for the Huskies in one win and one loss on a swing trip through B.C.

Levis tallied in the 67th minute in a 3-2 loss to the No. 2 ranked UBC Thunderbirds. The goal notched the game at two. The Arts & Science student from Saskatoon tallied in the 66th minute in a 3-1 win a night later against the Trinity Western Spartans. Levis finished the weekend recording four shots on goal, playing in all 90 minutes of both matches.

The Huskies, who sit in first place in the prairie division with a 5-3-0 record, return home to host the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday and Sunday. Alberta sits just one point behind the Huskies in the standings.

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

On Saturday, Cody Cook continued his outstanding season by firing home his 4th and 5th goals of the season. Despite his two goals, Mount Royal fell 3-2 to the Lethbridge Pronghorns.

On Sunday, Cook continued his strong play, and had a great second half chance that was deflected away by the Lethbridge keeper. His efforts along with the rest of the team gave them a 1-0 win, and a 1-1 weekend split against the Pronghorns.


1st STAR: #19 Julia Ignacio, Alberta (soccer)

Home: Edmonton, AB

Height: 5-4

Year: 4th

Academic: Education

Fourth-year University of Alberta soccer striker Julia Ignacio scored five points in two games during the September 28-29 weekend.

Ignacio, who has previously played with Canada’s national program, notched three goals and two assists during a two game stretch in Manitoba where the CIS #3 Pandas tied the Bisons 0-0, and then beat the Winnipeg Wesmen 8-1.

The Edmonton-born player now leads Canada West in goals (8), assists (9) and points (17). She is two assists away from breaking the Canada West single season assist record (10), and she is six points away from breaking the single season conference points record (22). She also leads the conference in shots with 39 through eight games. She recorded 19 shots on the weekend, including nine on goal in the two games.

She recorded all five of her points against Winnipeg on Sunday. She notched a hat-trick, her second this season, against the Wesmen, and set up a pair of goals to record five points on Alberta’s eight total goals.

Alberta now leads Canada West with a 6-0-2 record. Ignacio and the Pandas will play the final home regular season games this weekend at Foote Field in Edmonton when Alberta hosts 3-3-1 Regina and 5-0-2 Saskatchewan.

2nd STAR: #4 Jenelle Zapski, Saskatchewan (soccer)

Second-year University of Saskatchewan striker Jenelle Zapski tallied two goals in a pair of Huskie wins to keep her team undefeated in 2013.

Zapski netted a goal in the 90th minute to secure a 2-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday. She added another goal in the 90th minute in Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Calgary Dinos. She recorded six shots on goal in the two matches playing a combined 111 minutes.

The Huskies, who sit in second place with a 5-0-2 record, travel to meet the Mount Royal Cougars and Alberta Pandas on the weekend.

3rd STAR: #14 Kelsey Kinzner, Mount Royal (soccer)

A huge three-goal weekend from Kelsey Kinzner helped the Mount Royal Cougars end their two-game losing skid, and push back into a seventh-place playoff position.

On Saturday, Kinzner helped Mount Royal power past Winnipeg by a score of 4-0. Kinzner’s 18th minute tally gave Mount Royal an early 1-0 lead in the first half. She added to the team’s lead 4 minutes into the second half with her second goal of the game.

Kinzner continued her strong play on Sunday when Mount Royal faced Manitoba. At the 81st minute, the Bisons scored to take a 3-2 lead. The Bisons appeared to have the win within their grasps, but Kinzner’s clutch 86th minute goal tied the game. This tie was very important, as it helped Mount Royal gain some distance from the Bisons who are currently outside of a playoff spot.

Kinzner’s impressive performance helped Mount Royal earn 4 important points in the tight race for a playoff spot. Kinzner now has five goals on the season, and is tied for fourth place on the goals leader board.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, October 8


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