LANGLEY, British Columbia – For the third week in a row, the Trinity Western men’s soccer team had a players among the Canada West Stars of the Week as Elie Gindo (Langley) was named the Male Third Star of the Week.
The fourth-year Gindo scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute to give the Spartans a 2-1 victory over the University of Victoria Vikes Saturday afternoon in Victoria.
The victory moved the No. 6 Spartans to 5-1-0 on the season and keeps them in top spot of the Pacific Division table.
The win over the Vikes in Victoria is the first for TWU in seven years. They last won, 3-0, on Sept 27, 2009, breaking the Spartans 0-6 streak in Victoria.
TWU will now host Mount Royal on Friday and MacEwan on Saturday. Both matches are at TWU’s Chase Office Field, starting at 7:15 p.m. (PT).
The Spartans Elijah Adekugbe (Calgary) was named the male second star of the week after the season-opening weekend, while goalie Andrew Hicks (Surrey, B.C.) was the male second star of the week last week.
Male first star – Ajeej Sarkaria
Alberta Golden Bears soccer
Game log: Friday, Sept. 9 – goal and an assist in 3-2 W @ Lethbridge / Sunday, Sept. 11 – two goals and an assist in 5-0 W @ Saskatchewan.
University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer forward Ajeej Sarkaria is the Canada West male first star of the week for a second consecutive week.
Sarkaria was once again the offensive catalyst for the Golden Bears soccer team this week. Following his five goal, seven-point performance a week ago, the rookie striker backed it up by scoring another three goals and five points in a pair of weekend wins for Alberta. The Edmonton product now leads Canada West with eight goals and 12 points, each of which he has accumulated in the past four matches.
In Alberta’s first match of the weekend against Lethbridge, Sarkaria assisted on Tolu Esan’s strike in the 22nd minute, which gave Alberta the lead. After the game was evened up at two, Sarkaria scored his third game-winner of the season in the 73rd minute to push the Bears over the Pronghorns.
In the second game of the weekend against Saskatchewan, Sarkaria once again found the scoresheet by assisting on another Esan goal in the 22nd minute, before scoring back-to-back Alberta goals to start the second half, including one from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.
Sarkaria and the undefeated Golden Bears return to action on September 16th and 17th when they travel to Vancouver and Victoria to take on the 4-0-2 Thunderbirds and 1-3-0 Vikes.
Female first star – Jordan Smith
Calgary Dinos soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 10 – three goals, four assists in 10-0 W vs. Thompson Rivers / Sunday, Sept. 11 – one goal, one assist in 6-2 W vs. UBCO.
The University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer team opened up their season with two wins and a whopping total of 16 goals scored over the weekend.
On Saturday, Jordan Smith led the Dinos with an impressive hat-trick, as well as an assist on four other goals to lead all scorers with seven points in the Dinos’ 10-0 win over Thompson Rivers. The following day, the fourth-year forward added another goal and assist to her weekend tally when the Dinos defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat by a score of 6-2.
Smith currently sits in second in the country in points with nine after two games, just four points behind York’s Nour Ghoneim who has played five regular season games.
The Dinos head out on the road this weekend, first with a game in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars on Saturday, and then on Sunday, they drive north to take on the MacEwan Griffins.
Male second star – Ryan Glanville
Thompson Rivers WolfPack soccer
Williams Lake, BC
Masters of Business
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 10 – two goals on three shots in 3-2 L vs. UNBC / Sunday, Sept. 11 – two goals on six shots in 3-0 W vs. UNBC.
Ryan Glanville broke onto the scoresheet in a big way this weekend. The Canada West second team all-star from last year and CIS academic all-Canadian had four of his team’s five goals in a split with UNBC.
He was a human wrecking crew on Sunday as the WolfPack snapped a three game losing skid.
“Full credit to TRU but really, Ryan Glanville is the man of the day. He stole the game for them from us,” UNBC coach Steve Simonson said after the match Sunday.
Glanville – a 31-year-old father of two – and the WolfPack continue their home stand next weekend (Sept 17-18) hosting Lethbridge and Calgary at Hillside Stadium.
Female second star – Taylor Thorkelsson
Winnipeg Wesmen soccer
Game log: Friday, Sept. 9 – three-save shutout in 4-0W @ UNBC / Sunday, Sept. 11 – 11-save shutout in 0-0D @ Alberta.
Thorkelsson was instrumental in leading the Wesmen to a very successful opening of the 2016 Canada West regular season.
The fifth-year goalkeeper recorded back to back shutouts on the road against UNBC and Alberta this past weekend. In Saturday’s 4-0 victory, she stopped all three shots directed her way and was on top of her game on Sunday stopping all 11 shots in a 0-0 draw against Alberta. She was named the Wesmen most valuable player following Sunday’s contest.
The women’s soccer team will play their regular season home opener this Saturday against Regina and the following day against Saskatchewan.
Male third star – Elie Gindo
TWU Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, Sept. 9 – 50 minutes played in 3-0 L @ UBC / Saturday, Sept. 10 – one goal in 2-1 W @ Victoria.
TWU fourth-year midfielder Elie Gindo scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute to give the Spartans a 2-1 victory over the University of Victoria Vikes Saturday afternoon in Victoria.
The victory moves the No. 6 Spartans to 5-1 on the season and keeps them in top spot of the Pacific Division table.
The victory over the Vikes in Victoria is the first for TWU in seven years. They last won, 3-0, on Sept 27, 2009, breaking the Spartans 0-6 streak in Victoria.
TWU will now head home to host Mount Royal on Friday, September 16 and MacEwan on Saturday, September 17. Both matches are at TWU’s Chase Office Field, starting at 7:15 p.m.
Female third star – Nikki Furukawa
Lethbridge Pronghorns soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 10 – goal in 2-1L vs. UBCO / Sunday, Sept. 11 – two goals in 2-0W Thompson Rivers.
Fourth-year midfielder Nikki Furukawa opened the 2016 Canada West with a bang this past weekend, scoring all three of the Pronghorn goals during their season opening weekend split with the UBCO Heat and TRU WolfPack.
Saturday afternoon, Furukawa opened the scoring with her first of the season in the Pronghorns 2-1 loss to the visiting Heat. Sunday versus the WolfPack, she scored twice in less than three minutes at the end of the half to lead the ‘Horns to a 2-0 win.
The science student also led the team with six shots on goal on the weekend.
Furukawa and the Pronghorns head out on the road this coming weekend to face the MacEwan Griffins in Edmonton and the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary.
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