Sept 9.2014(ISN) – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The 2014 Canada West soccer season got off to a frenzied start over the weekend with several notable individual performances, headlined by Alberta Golden Bears forward Marcus Johnstone’s three goals that placed him atop the school’s all-time men’s goal scoring leaders.
In women’s soccer, Saskatchewan Huskies striker Jenelle Zapski rattled off four goals in two wins over the Winnipeg Wesmen.
For their outstanding accomplishments, Johnstone and Zapski were named Canada West male and female 1st Stars of the Week, respectively.
Rounding out the men’s honourees are Mount Royal’s Cody Cook and UBC’s Navid Mashinchi.
Calgary’s Samantha Chang-Foidl and Trinity Western’s Jessica King were named women’s 2nd and 3rd stars, respectively.
1st Star: #9 Marcus Johnstone, Alberta (Soccer)
University of Alberta Golden Bears fifth-year forward Marcus Johnstone tallied three goals against the Winnipeg Wesmen, helping the Golden Bears to a 2-0 season start, and in the process became the U of A’s all-time men’s soccer leading scorer. The Edmonton native now has 29 goals in 53 career conference games, breaking the previous mark of 26, which was set in 2011 by Brett Colvin.
Johnstone, a former Canada West Rookie of the Year (2010), netted all three of his goals during Sunday’s 6-1 victory over the Wesmen. He broke the U of A record when he tallied in the 10th minute, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead with the eventual game-winning goal, and then potted twice more, scoring in the 50th minute and again in the 72nd minute.
Alberta, now ranked No.9 in CIS, returns to action this coming weekend when they travel to Calgary to take on the Dinos.
2nd Star: #7 Cody Cook, Mount Royal (Soccer)
Mount Royal University Cougars striker Cody Cook was the best player on the field for either team this past weekend. In his first game on Saturday, Cook scored the Cougar’s first two goals despite only playing 75 minutes. On Sunday afternoon, he picked up right where he left off, scoring the opening goal of the match. He later set up two Cougars rookies on tap-in goals. He is currently tied for the conference lead in goals with three and is tied for second in assists with two.
3rd Star: #10 Navid Mashinchi, UBC (Soccer)
UBC Thunderbirds fifth-year midfielder Navid Mashinchi recorded two game-winning goals to give his team a pair of tough road victories and a perfect opening to the 2014 CIS men’s soccer season.
On Friday night, No. 1-ranked UBC defeated No. 9 Victoria in front of more than 1,900 Vikes fans by a score of 3-1. Mashinchi got the game-winner in 58th minute when he knocked in a cross from teammate Milad Mehrabi.
Mashinchi, a Port Moody, B.C., native also assisted on the Thunderbirds’ first goal by Niall Cousens.
Then on Sunday, Mashinchi found the back of the net in the 80th minute against the Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford, B.C. Standing just inside the 18-yard box, Mashinchi took a pass from Sean Einarsson and placed a beautiful shot to the lower-right corner of the net. The goal was the only one of the game as UBC improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Thunderbirds will host a two-game home stand against UNBC this weekend. The teams will play Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Thunderbirds will host a two-game home stand against UNBC starting Saturday, PT.
1st Star: #4 Janelle Zapski, Saskatchewan (Soccer)
University of Saskatchewan striker Jenelle Zapski led the Huskies to a season-opening weekend sweep on the road scoring four goals.
In Friday’s 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen, the third-year Kinesiology student tallied the Huskies first goal in the 20th minute. A night later against the Manitoba Bisons, Zapski scored all three Saskatchewan goals in the 3-1 win. She tallied in the 27th, 44th and 49th minutes.
Zapski and the Huskies return home to host the Mount Royal Cougars and Alberta Pandas Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park.
2nd Star: #1 Samantha Chang-Foidl, Calgary (Soccer)
As starting goalkeeper for the Dinos this season, Samantha Chang-Foidl made her mark in the opening weekend of Canada West women’s soccer action.
On the road, the Dinos traveled north to take on their provincial rivals, the Alberta Pandas. Calgary was able to snap Alberta’s 14-game home unbeaten streak in the match, taking down the No. 3-ranked team in the country, 2-0. Chang-Foidl made four saves in her first shutout performance of the year.
The following day, the Dinos headed back to Calgary to take on cross-town rivals, the Mount Royal Cougars. Chang-Foidl and the Dinos drew 0-0 in a physical battle, with the goalkeeper making two saves on the day and adding another shutout to her tally for the 2014 season.
The Dinos remain unbeaten with a 1-0-1 record and will head to Lethbridge on Thursday to take on the Pronghorns.
3rd Star: #11 Jessica King, Trinity Western (Soccer)
Trinity Western University fifth-year midfielder Jessica King led the No. 2 Spartans to a four-point weekend by scoring two end-of-the-match goals, including the game-winner in the final seconds of a 2-1 win over Fraser Valley and the game-tying goal in a 1-1 tie with No. 7 Victoria.
The Psychology major’s last-second goal against the Cascades capped a thrilling rally by the Spartans, who scored twice in the final seven minutes to secure the 2-1 win. The win also maintains TWU’s undefeated home record against UFV. The Spartans have gone 7-0-2 against the Cascades since UFV entered Canada West in 2006.
On Saturday night in Victoria, the Liverpool native scored her second of the season in the 81st minute to give the Spartans a come-from-behind tie with the Vikes in Victoria.
The Spartans will now take their unbeaten record on the road for matches at Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan.