October 8, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – With competition heating up as hockey season gets underway, soccer goalkeeper Kelti Biggs (Alberta) and Michal Bandula (Saskatchewan) rose to the challenge and came out ahead to earn selection as Canada West 1st Stars of the Week.
On the men’s side, two more soccer student-athletes were named as UBC’s Milad Mehrabi claimed 2nd Star and Cam Stokes from Victoria was the 3rd Star.
Regina Cougars hockey forward Meghan Sherven and Fraser Valley Cascades soccer keeper Kayla Klim rounded out the week’s top three women’s selections.
1st STAR: #1 Michal Bandula, Saskatchewan (soccer)
Home: Saskatoon, SK
Third-year University of Saskatchewan goalkeeper Michal Bandula recorded his fourth shutout of the season and made six saves in a weekend sweep over the CIS #6 Alberta Golden Bears.
Bandula opened the weekend by making two saves to earn a shutout on Saturday. The Saskatoon native leads the Canada West in shutouts with four, wins with seven and sits seconds in goals against average. On Sunday, the engineering student allowed just one goal, on a penalty kick, while making four saves to secure the Huskies third straight victory.
With the sweep the Huskies improved their record to 7-3-0 on the season and extended their lead in the prairie division to seven points over the Golden Bears. Saskatchewan remains at home next weekend to face the Victoria Vikes and Fraser Valley Cascades in the team’s final regular season matches in Saskatoon in 2013.
2nd STAR: #11 Milad Mehrabi, UBC (Soccer)
UBC midfielder Milad Mehrabi recorded three goals and an assist in two Thunderbirds victories over the UNBC Timberwolves.
On Saturday afternoon in Prince George, Mehrabi scored in the 25th minute for the No. 1-ranked T-Birds, which turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory.
The next day, the third-year student from Coquitlam, B.C. provided all the offence UBC would need, scoring twice in a 3-0 win. His first goal came just three minutes into the game as he stepped into the top of the penalty area and fired a shot into the UNBC net. Fifteen minutes later, he converted a pass off a UBC free kick for his eighth goal this year.
Mehrabi’s performance this weekend vaulted him into the lead in the Canada West men’s soccer scoring race. Three of his eight goals are game winners, which also puts Mehrabi in a tie for the league lead in that category.
3rd STAR: #11 Cam Stokes, Victoria (soccer)
Fourth-year striker Cam Stokes has been the most offensive and threatening player for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team since their opening game. Stokes has played and started all eight games thus far having one of his most important weekend’s Oct. 4-6. Entering the weekend the Vikes were one point back of the Fraser Valley Cascades but with two games in hand Victoria knew that valuable points were at stake in the home-and-home series.
On Friday, the Vikes edged the Cascades 1-0 after a physical and competitive battle in which Stokes was forced off the score sheet after some stellar keeper work from Fraser Valley’s Mark Village. Stokes played 90 minutes. On Sunday, he helped lift the Vikes 5-2 over the Cascades at Centennial Stadium. With the game tied 1-1, Stokes scored a timely goal for the Vikes at the 56th minute. In the 60th minute he beat Village for the Vikes’ third goal. Stokes totaled four shots and added an assist on the fifth UVic goal to help the Vikes to their six-point weekend.
The Vikes are now second in the Pacific Division with 18 points, nine points back of the Canada West leaders, UBC, and three points back of Prairie Division leaders Saskatchewan. Victoria will have hit the road to play Saskatchewan and Alberta, Oct. 12-13.
1st STAR: #31 Kelti Biggs, Alberta (soccer)
Home: Spruce Grove, AB
Academic: Phys.Ed. & Recreation
After registering 12 saves, two shutouts and two wins, fourth-year Pandas soccer goaltender Kelti Biggs’ two wins kept the Pandas atop the Canada West standings and as the only unbeaten team in the conference. Alberta has also now qualified for the playoffs, and with the two shutouts, Biggs has moved into sole possession of third place in Canada West career conference shutouts.
The fourth-year ‘keeper made five stops on Saturday against Regina, as the Pandas picked up a 4-0 win. On Sunday, against No.8 Saskatchewan, a program that was undefeated before playing Alberta, Biggs was a rock in the Pandas’ net, making seven saves, including a breakaway stop in the 22nd minute and a diving save off a header in the 84th minute.
Biggs now leads the conference in shutouts with six, and Alberta continues to lead Canada West with an 8-0-2 record. Biggs and the Pandas will close out the regular season games this weekend at Trinity Western and at UBC.
2nd STAR: #18 Meghan Sherven, Regina (hockey)
Second-year forward Meghan Sherven stepped up over the weekend with goals in both of the University of Regina’s women’s hockey team’s two road wins over Calgary.
Sherven scored her first career goal in the team’s 2-1 win on Friday night after taking the puck at the left point, walking around a Calgary penalty killer, and firing a shot from the high slot that beat Dinos goaltender Amanda Tapp to tie up the game late in the second period.
The health education major also scored on Saturday night, as her goal just shy of the eight-minute mark of the second stood as the game winner. Sherven barrelled down the left wing wide around a Dinos defenceman and attempted a centering pass to teammate Tori Head, but the puck deflected in off Tapp to give the Cougars a two-goal advantage.
Sherven and the Cougars (2-0-0) are back on the road next weekend with games on Friday and Saturday at Lethbridge.
3rd STAR: #1 Kayla Klim, Fraser Valley (soccer)
In just her second year of eligibility, Kayla Klim led the Fraser Valley Cascades to a key tie against the second-place University of Calgary Dinos on Friday night by recording nine saves and facing 15 shots on goal.
The Bunaby, B.C. native was involved with the “key” play in Friday night’s match as she stopped a Dino penalty shot from a point blank shot at the 50th minute of the match to keep the deficit at the time 1-0. Kayla was named UFV “Player of the Match” on Friday night.
On Saturday, Klim kept UFV in the match early as Lethbridge had several opportunities to open the scoring; she recorded three saves on four shots.
The Cascades improved their Canada West record to 3-3-2 and currently hold the 8th and final playoff spot with four league games remaining.
Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, Oct. 15