LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western men’s soccer coach Sebastian Colyn (Langley) was named the Canada West Men’s First Star of the Week after he came up clutch for the Spartans over the weekend, including a six-save shutout Saturday over the defending CW and U SPORTS champion Alberta Golden Bears (2-0) and a nine-save shutout Sunday against Calgary (1-0).
This is the second time this year the first-year Colyn has been amongst the Canada West Stars of the Week. He was named the Men’s Third Star of the Week following Week 2 of the regular season.
TWU is back on the road this weekend, as the Spartans travel to play UBC Okanagan Saturday (3 p.m. PDT) and Thompson Rivers Sunday (12 p.m. PDT).
Men’s first star – Sebastian Colyn
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 23 – six-save shutout in 2-0 W @ Alberta / Sunday, Sept. 24 – nine-save shutout in 1-0 W @ Calgary.
First-year goalkeeper Sebastian Colyn was instrumental in helping the Spartans to an impressive road weekend in which Trinity Western knocked off both No. 1-ranked Alberta (2-0) and Calgary (1-0).
Colyn made a combined 15 saves over the two matches, as he earned his third and fourth clean sheets of the 2017 season. Colyn capped his weekend with a game-saving stop on a penalty kick in the 86th minute against Calgary on Sunday.
The back-to-back wins improved TWU’s record to 5-2-3. The victory over the top-ranked Golden Bears marked the Spartans first win over Alberta in six years. The Spartans rookie netminder is now tied for the conference lead in shutouts, with four, and is third in Canada West in goals against average (0.76), save percentage (.851), and saves (40).
Women’s first star – Jasmin Dhanda
UBC Thunderbirds soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 23 – four goals and an assist in 6-0 W @ Thompson Rivers / Sunday, Sept. 24 – a goal in 2-0 W @ UBCO.
Dhanda completed her second career four-goal game in a dominant effort Saturday powering the Thunderbirds to a 6-0 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The fifth-year forward followed up by scoring the game-winner in Kelowna the following afternoon helping UBC to a sixth straight win, 2-0.
Dhanda has been torching the Canada West statistics this season with 10 goals on the year while also leading in points with 13, and game-winning goals with four.
Now with 39 career Canada West goals, the Kinesiology student from Surrey, B.C., sits third all-time in conference scoring, 12 behind the leader, another former Thunderbird Janine Frazao.
Since winning the Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2013, Dhanda has been a leading force for the Thunderbirds, helping UBC earn back-to-back conference titles and the national championship in 2015 when she was also named a tournament all-star.
UBC’s 6-1 record leads the entire Canada West heading into a pair of home battles this weekend against MacEwan and UNBC.
Women’s second star – DaLeaka Menin
Calgary Dinos rugby
Game log: Thursday, Sept. 21 – five tries, 25 points in 42-15 W @ Lethbridge.
The reigning U SPORTS player of the year, DaLeaka Menin opened her Canada West season with a dominant performance in the fourth-ranked Dinos’ 42-15 win at Lethbridge Thursday. The fifth-year senior national team player scored five tries in the game, including a span of four in a row that turned a 12-5 deficit into a 27-12 advantage.
Menin and the Dinos head north to face Alberta this Sunday (1 p.m. MDT).
Men’s second star – Mitch McCaw
UBCO Heat soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 23 – seven-save shutout in 2-0 W @ Calgary / Sunday, Sept. 24 – five-save shutout in 0-0 D @ Mount Royal.
Looking for points to keep pace in the Pacific Division playoff race, UBC Okanagan Heat goalkeeper Mitch McCaw did not allow over the weekend to lead the Heat to a win and a draw over the team’s two-day road swing through Calgary.
McCaw, a Canada West All-Star last season, made 12 saves total, seven against Calgary in UBCO’s 2-0 win over Calgary and five in the scoreless draw at Mount Royal.
The game on Sunday left no margin of error for the UBCO keeper with MRU maintaining the majority of the possession, while the Heat offence only forced McCaw’s counterpart to make a single save.
In the Saturday match, the Heat were up just a single goal with Calgary spending a good portion of the match looking for the equalizer and peppering McCaw with shots. It wasn’t until the 88th minute that UBCO netted an insurance marker and McCaw could rest easy.
With the four-point weekend, UBC Okanagan returns home to play two important divisional foes in the Trinity Western Spartans and the UFV Cascades this Saturday and Sunday.
Women’s third star – Lessa Eggum
Saskatchewan Huskies soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 23 – two goals in 2-1 W vs. Lethbridge / Sunday, Sept. 24 – goal in 1-1 D vs. Calgary.
Fifth-year striker Leesa Eggum helped the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to an undefeated weekend scoring three goals.
The Nursing student from Saskatoon scored in the 86th and 90th minutes in a comeback 2-1 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday. The Huskies had trailed in the game from the 25th minute. A day later in a 1-1 tie with the Calgary Dinos, Eggum scored the Huskies lone goal in the 34th minute.
Eggum and the Huskies travel to meet the Mount Royal Cougars and Alberta Pandas this weekend.
Men’s third star – Kwame Opoku
Saskatchewan Huskies soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 23 – a goal and an assist in 6-0 W vs. Victoria / Sunday, Sept. 24 – one goal in 2-1 L vs. Thompson Rivers.
Rookie University of Saskatchewan midfielder Kwame Opoku scored two goals and added an assist in a weekend split at home.
The Engineering student from Calgary played in all 90-minutes Saturday recording a goal and an assist in the 6-0 win over the Victoria Vikes. Opoku assisted on the Huskies’ second goal in the 35th minute, followed by his penalty kick goal in the 58th minute.
A day later, Opoku scored the Huskies lone goal in the 14th minute, as Saskatchewan suffered a 2-1 loss to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
Opoku and the Huskies remain in Saskatoon this weekend to meet the MacEwan Griffins and Alberta Golden Bears.
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