October 29, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – With help from Canada West 1st Star of the Week Sheriden Goodmanson, the University of Victoria ended the long reign of UBC women’s field hockey as the Vikes prepare to host this week’s CIS championship.
In men’s hockey, 1st Star Derek Hulak went on a tear, racking up seven points over two games for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
1st STAR: #1 Sheriden Goodmanson, Victoria (field hockey)
Home: Victoria, BC
The Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team had an outstanding performance from second-year goalkeeper Sheriden Goodmanson on Oct. 27. The Vikes defeated the UBC Thunderbirds 2-0 to claim their first Canada West banner since 2002, while ending UBC’s 10-year championship reign. Goodmanson has started and played every minute of the Vikes eight-game season where they ended 5-0-3. With the win, the Vikes have now secured the top seed entering the 2013 CIS/FHC national field hockey championship hosted in Victoria, Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
Throughout the match the UBC Thunderbirds showed their international colours boasting central midfielder Natalie Sourisseau, fresh off a bronze-medal win with Team Canada at the Pan Am Cup, as well as team Canada’s Poonam Sandhu and keeper Bea Francisco. The T-Birds swept the conference awards winning coach, player, rookie and outstanding contributor of the year and sealed seven of 11 available Canada West All-Star nods.
Regardless of the accolades it was the Vikes that dominated play to send the two-time defending national champions to a fourth-place seed entering the CIS championship. Goodmanson stymied seven second-half penalty corners and made several free-play saves that kept the Vikes in it to win it and the Birds off the board completely. This was Goodmanson’s third shutout of the season.
2nd STAR: #15 Taylor Pischke, Manitoba (volleyball)
To start the 2013-14 conference season, the #8 Bison women’s volleyball team swept a home-and-home series against #9 Winnipeg Wesmen on October 24 and 26 and Bison third year Taylor Pischke led the way with a strong two matches as she posted 28 kills, 14 digs, two service aces and 31.5 points during six sets.
In the first match of the season, Manitoba won 3-0 (25-21,-16,-19) and Pischke had the game-high 15 kills with nine digs, two service aces and game-high 18.5 points in the three set road victory.
Back at home on Saturday, Manitoba finished the sweep of Winnipeg with another 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 27-25) win as Pischke again was top Bison with game-high 13 kills, five digs, one assist and game-high 13.5 points.
In early conference stats, the Winnipeg native is tied for first with 4.67 kills per set and second in points per set at 5.25.
The Bisons (2-0) travel to play at #1 and six-time defending CIS champion UBC Thunderbirds (2-0) on November 1-2 weekend.
3rd STAR: #12 Jasmin Dhanda, UBC (soccer)
Playing in her first-ever CIS playoff game, rookie Jasmin Dhanda rose to the occasion by scoring both UBC goals in a 2-1 Thunderbirds victory over the Calgary Dinos on Saturday.
The quarter-final playoff victory gave UBC a spot at the Canada West Final Four this weekend in Victoria.
Dhanda opened the scoring in the 49th minute when she, standing in the middle of the 18-yard box, one-timed a Janine Frazao cross into the bottom corner of the net.
The Dinos tied the game a minute later to set up Dhanda’s heroics in the 83rd.
Dhanda received a pass from Nicole Sydor in stride on the right wing, and turned the corner on her defender to earn a clean break on goal. She carried the ball to just outside the six-yard box before popping it over Dinos goalkeeper Lauren Good to put UBC on top for good.
The Surrey, B.C. Native scored five times in the regular season to finish the year tied for first on the team in goals.
1st STAR: #19 Derek Hulak, Saskatchewan (hockey)
Home: Saskatoon, SK
Fourth-year University of Saskatchewan forward Derek Hulak scored twice and assisted on five goals in the Huskies weekend sweep over the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Business student from Saskatoon, SK scored back-to-back goals for the Huskies on Friday night, the latter while short-handed, in a 5-2 win. Hulak would also add two assists on the night. On Saturday Hulak continued to make plays for Saskatchewan tallying three more assists in a 7-0 win.
With the seven-point weekend performance Hulak moves into first in the conference in scoring with 16 points.
Saskatchewan (4-4) will travel to Calgary to take on the undefeated Dinos (8-0) next weekend in Canada West action.
2nd STAR: #23 Cam Hundal, Victoria (soccer)
The Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team ended their regular season with a pair of road wins to improve their record to 10-3-1 entering the post-season. Third-year midfielder Cam Hundal had a three-goal weekend to bring his season total to 11, tied with teammate Cameron Stokes and UBC’s Milad Mehrabi for most goals scored this season.
Hundal opened the scoring on Oct. 26 in the 3-2 win over the Timberwolves. Hundal eliminated a defender one-on-one to bury a shot in the 12th minute to get the Vikes on board for their first win of the weekend.
On Oct. 27, Hundal notched two goals, one in each half, to send the Vikes 4-0 over UNBC. With the pair of wins the Vikes are now undefeated for the past four games as they prepare to turn around for next weekend’s Canada West Final Six, hosted at UBC beginning on Nov. 1.
3rd STAR: #11 Milad Mehrabi, UBC (soccer)
UBC midfielder Milad Mehrabi scored twice and recorded an assist as his No. 1-ranked Thunderbirds defeated Lethbridge 8-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Coquitlam, B.C. native put away the host Pronghorns early, scoring in the 13th and 15th minutes to give his team a 2-0 lead. His second goal came on a penalty kick and tied him for the league lead in scoring with 11. Unfortunately, UBC last game of the season was cancelled due to snow and he didn’t have one last opportunity to win the league scoring title outright.
Mehrabi also notched an assist on UBC’s fourth tally of the game, which was scored by Niall Cousens.
His Thunderbirds host the Canada West Final Six this weekend in Vancouver. It starts on Thursday afternoon with two first round games. The gold medal match will be played on Sunday.
afternoon with two first round games. The championship match will be played on Sunday.
Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, November 5
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