University of Fraser Valley Cascades scored two goals within a two-minute span in the first half and rolled to a 3-0 win over the hometown TRU WolfPack in Canada West women’s soccer on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The WolfPack ended their first home stand of the 2016-17 Canada West season with a win and three losses as they fell to the Cascades. TRU has a record of 1-5 on the year while the Cascades improve to 4-1-2.
Monika Levarsky (3rd year, forward, Surrey,) scored her first goal of the season as she capitalized on a deflection following a pass by teammate Danica Kump (5th year, forward, Surrey). Then Sunayna Samra (5th year, midfield, Langley) scored on a “Bend it like Beckham” corner kick, her first goal of the year. Finally, Simi Lehal (1st year, forward, Surrey) took the cross from Kump and headed the ball in for her first Canada West goal.
“I thought we were worthy of the three points,” said Cascades head coach Rob Giesbrecht. “I wish our finishing was a bit sharper. To their credit they came battling. They made it tough for us.”
“Lots of adversity today,” said head coach Kelly Shantz. “We didn’t have a good day. I looked at our starting line up again and we had eight freshmen taking the field and playing 180 minutes this weekend against Trinity Western yesterday and Fraser Valley today. I looked at the scoreline (3-0) and I am still pretty happy with the progress we made. I guess it feels good to me and the players that we are not satisfied now. We are getting much lower scores against good teams. We aren’t satisfied with that. That is good. It stings a bit because we are improving.”
The WolfPack have two tough matches as they hit the road for games in Victoria and Vancouver on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The Vikes spoiled the WolfPack home opener last year, Sept. 26, with a 3-0 setback at Hillside. One afternoon later, Sept. 27, UBC came into Kamloops and beat TRU. UBC and WolfPack met in the Canada West quarterfinals last year, Oct. 30, with TRU falling 6-1 at Thunderbird Stadium.