Sept 16, 2014 (ISN) – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds’ Navid Mashinchi (men’s soccer) and
Jasmind Dhanda (women’s soccer) were named Canada West 1st Stars of the Week after
leading their teams in holding serve in the second weekend of conference play.
Mashinchi totalled four assists and two goals in the two victories, while Dhanda
found the back of the net four times in the sweep of the visiting UNBC Timberwolves.
UBC Okanagan’s Enzo Paal and Saskatchewan’s Brett Levis received 2nd and 3rd Stars
honours in men’s.
Trinity Western Spartan Jessica King and MacEwan Griffin Jenny Lam rounded out this
weekend’s top performers for the women.
1st Star: #10 Navid Mashinchi, UBC (Soccer)
Fifth-year midfielder Navid Mashinchi, last week’s Canada West 3rd Star of the Week,
had another excellent weekend in helping his No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds to a pair
of victories over the visiting UNBC Timberwolves.
Mashinchi recorded three assists in UBC’s 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon.
Then on Sunday, he figured into all the scoring in a 3-0 Thunderbirds victory.
Mashinchi scored the game winner on a 36th-minute free kick from about 20 yards out.
The Port Moody, B.C., native fired a rocket across the penalty area that blew past
the UNBC wall and a diving Timberwolves goalie Ty Venhola before finding the net
just inside the left goal post.
He got an assist, his fourth of the weekend, on UBC’s 41st-minute goal. Mashinchi
took another free kick, but this time, Paul Clerc got on the end of it and headed
the ball into the net.
Mashinchi then fired home a penalty kick in the 54th minute to finish off the scoring.
He now has four goals on the season, tied for second in the Canada West, and five
assists, which is the best in the league.
The Thunderbirds will travel to the B.C. Interior for games at Thompson Rivers and
UBC Okanagan this weekend.
2nd Star: #10 Enzo Paal, UBC Okanagan (Soccer)
Hosting their first weekend of Canada West soccer games, the UBC Okanagan Heat swept
both Fraser Valley and Trinity Western for a surprising two wins and a 3-1 start to
their season. This weekend’s sweep was guided by the right foot of second-year
forward Enzo Paal (Coldstream, B.C.).
On Friday night, with a large crowd cheering on the home team and the game knotted
1-1 heading into extra time, Enzo made his mark as he right-footed the ball past the
Cascade keeper. Dylan Abbott (Salmon Arm, B.C.) sent a free kick to Jerry Ryan, who
made a run down the line and crossed to Paal for the game-winner.
On Saturday, in another 1-1 match this time with the Spartans, it was in the 54th
minute when Enzo lifted his team to a victory.
Paal worked his way between two defenders to the middle lane before dishing left to
sophomore Logan Abbott (Salmon Arm, B.C.) on the left side. Abbott then deftly set
the plate of fourth-year forward Jorden Leib’s second goal of the year to secure
what would be the game-winning goal 54 minutes in.
For his brilliance on the hockey-assist during the game-winning play in addition to
the rest of his offensive hustle and harassment, Paal was awarded the Heat Player of
the Game honour.
With Enzo’s offense he delivered two home wins to UBC Okanagan, and has led the team
to a 3-1 start in their historic first-ever Canada West season and are now owners of
the hottest four-game start among Canada West debut squads since 2009.
Paal and his Heat teammates look to keep their unblemished home record this weekend
intact when they host the Victoria Vikes Friday night at 6 p.m., followed by the No.
1 UBC Thunderbirds Saturday at 7 p.m.
3rd Star: #10 Brett Levis, Saskatchewan (Soccer)
University of Saskatchewan midfielder Brett Levis helped keep the Huskies perfect
season intact scoring two goals and three assists in a weekend sweep of the MacEwan
Griffins on the weekend.
The two-time CIS All-Canadian and three-time Canada West all-star scored in the 24th
minute in Saturday’s 5-0 win. He also assisted on the Huskies’ third, fourth and
fifth goals of the match. A day later, the fourth-year Arts & Science student opened
the scoring in the 13th minute of the 5-1 win.
Levis and the No. 7-ranked Huskies enter a bye-weekend before travelling to meet the
Lethbridge Pronghorns on September 27-28.
1st Star: #9 Jasmin Dhanda, UBC (Soccer)
Second-year UBC Thunderbirds forward Jasmin Dhanda had a four-goal weekend to lead
her team to two victories on the weekend against the UNBC Timberwolves in Vancouver.
On Saturday afternoon, the Surrey, B.C., native opened the scoring in the 20th
minute, recording an unassisted marker to send the T-Birds on the way to their first
win of the 2014 Canada West season. Dhanda then capped off the day by scoring UBC’s
final goal in a 5-0 triumph.
The reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year again found the net twice on Sunday as
the T-Birds claimed a 3-0 victory. In the 29th minute, she one-timed a cross from
Amrit Berar inside the left goalpost for the game winner. The Kinesiology student
added an insurance goal in the 64th minute as UBC improved to 2-2 on the season.
Dhanda’s four goals put her third in the Canada West scoring race.
The Thunderbirds hope to harness the momentum from their wins this weekend (2-2-0)
as they head to Kamloops to face Thompson Rivers University (0-2-2) on September 19.
2nd Star: #11 Jessica King, Trinity Western (Soccer)
Trinity Western midfielder Jessica King extended her goal scoring streak two four
games by adding two more game-winning goals this past weekend on the Spartans road
trip to Kamloops, B.C. and Kelowna, B.C.
The fifth-year psychology major got her third game-winning goal of the season in the
Spartans 3-1 win over Thompson Rivers Friday night in Kamloops. Then she followed it
up Saturday in Kelowna with two more goals, including the game-winner, in the
Spartans 5-1 win over UBC Okanagan.
King, who hails from Liverpool, England, now has five goals in her four Canada West
conference games. She currently sits in second place in Canada West in goal-scoring
and has helped the No. 2 Spartans to a 3-0-1 record to open the Canada West season.
The Spartans will now have a bye week before hosting the UBCO Heat on September 26
and the TRU WolfPack on September 27 at Rogers Field at TWU.
3rd Star: #8 Jenny Lam, MacEwan (Soccer)
MacEwan University’s Jenny Lam scored the Griffins first-ever Canada West goal to
elevate her team to a 1-0 victory to open the season. Capturing the team’s first win
against the Lethbridge Pronghorns on September 13, the 4th year midfielder
solidified her reputation as the team’s free kick specialist, firing a perfectly
placed shot past the keeper in the 28th minute.
The goal marked Lam’s first game-winner in the league.
The Griffins finished their opening weekend with a 1-1 record to sit seventh in the
Returning home, the Griffins host the University of Winnipeg on Saturday before
welcoming the University of Manitoba on Sunday. Both games are scheduled as 12:00