Vikes Rachel Baird of Nanaimo BC is Canada West first star

A pair of soccer scoring outbursts have landed Alberta’s Ajeej Sarkaria and Victoria’s Rachel Baird Canada West first star honours for the period ending October 14.


  • Ajeej Sarkaria became the CW all-time men’s soccer scoring leader to earn the conference’s men’s first star honour, while Rachel Baird scored four goals to take the women’s award
  • Also earning men’s stars this week were UBC’s Austin Vetterl, and Trinity Western’s Jacob Low
  • Regina’s Jordan Kulbida and Calgary’s Montana Leonard were named women’s stars

Thanks to a five-point weekend for the Alberta Golden Bears, Sarkaria moved into sole possession of first on the CW all-time points list, as he surpassed Calgary Dino Dominic Russo’s record of 57. With two goals and three assists, Sarkaria moved into first on the list with 60 career points in just three seasons of conference play.

Meanwhile, Baird posted a quartet of goals for the Vikes, scoring a pair of goals both Saturday and Sunday, as Victoria made the most of a chilly road swing through the Wheat Province, downing Regina and Saskatchewan respectively.

Sarkaria and Baird now move forward as the conference nominees for the U SPORTS athletes of the week.

Rachel Baird CW First Star of the Week
Game log: Saturday, Oct. 13 – two goals, including game-winner, in 4-0 road win over Regina / Sunday, Oct. 14 – two goals on five shots in 4-0 road victory vs. Saskatchewan.

University of Victoria women’s soccer player Rachel Baird was the key for a Vikes weekend sweep over the Regina Cougars (4-0) and Saskatchewan Huskies (4-0) on Oct. 13-14.

Playing in all 180 minutes, the Nanaimo native scored two goals in each game for the Vikes. Baird’s first goal against Regina was the game-winner, as both games were played in extremely cold temperatures.

Baird’s performance this weekend proved even more important, as the Vikes continue their pursuit of a Pacific Division playoff spot.

Baird has started all 12 games for the Vikes this season, and is now tied for the team lead in goals with seven, which is one goal off the conference lead.

Victoria wraps up the regular season this Friday and Saturday with home games against UFV and Trinity Western.