LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) was named the Canada West Women’s Second Star of the Week, while fellow Spartan Leighton Johnson (Strathmore, Alta.) was named the Canada West Men’s Third Star of the Week.
The Spartans have now had a player honoured amongst the Canada West Three Stars of the Week on nine occasions this year. The men’s soccer team has had a player amongst the Three Stars of the Week five times, while the women’s team has earned the honour four times.
This is the second time for both Hutchinson and Johnson to earn a weekly conference honour this year. Hutchinson was the Second Star of the Week following Week 5, while Johnson was the First Star of the Week after the season-opening weekend.
Women’s second star – Rachel Hutchinson
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, Nov. 3 – two goals on four shots in 3-0 W vs. UBC at CW WSOC Final Four / Saturday, Nov. 4 – assist in 2-1 W vs. Victoria in CW WSOC gold medal game.
Rachel Hutchinson, the Spartans goal-scoring leader throughout the regular season, was an offensive catalyst for TWU, scoring two goals and adding an assist as she helped her team capture the Canada West title.
The third-year striker from Cloverdale, B.C. scored twice in TWU’s 3-0 semifinal win over UBC before assisting on the Spartans opening goal in their 2-1 championship game victory over Victoria. Through three post-season contests, Hutchinson has three goals and one assist and has been in on four of the Spartans six goals. TWU will now move on to the U SPORTS Championship this weekend, where the Spartans will play the host University of Manitoba in the quarter-finals.
As a program, the Spartans, who have played in nine of the last 10 conference finals, have now captured seven Canada West championships.
Men’s third star – Leighton Johnson
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, Nov. 3 – goal on four shots in 3-2 W vs. Alberta at CW MSOC Final Four / Saturday, Nov. 4 – goal and an assist in 3-2 L vs. UBC in CW MSOC gold medal game.
Leighton Johnson was once again an instrumental figure for the Spartans as they earned a silver medal at the Canada West MSOC Final Four.
Johnson scored the overtime game-winner against highly-touted Alberta to send the Spartans to the Canada West final for the first time since 2008. In the final against UBC, Johnson tallied a goal and an assist in what was a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss against the Thunderbirds.
Playing at Thunderbird Stadium, Johnson helped TWU take a 2-0 lead only to see UBC rally for the extra time victory. Johnson finished the post-season with four goals and two assists in three games, as TWU put together its best result in a decade while also capturing a conference medal for the second straight year. Last season, the Spartans earned a Canada West bronze medal. Including the regular season and playoffs, Johnson finished the year with 10 goals and eight assists in 19 games.
Women’s first star – Rowan Harris
UBC Thunderbirds field hockey
Game log: Friday, Nov. 3 – four-save shutout in 2-0 W vs. York in Game 1 of the U SPORTS Field Hockey Championship / Saturday, Nov. 4 – three-save shutout in 2-0 W vs. York in Game 2 of the U SPORTS Field Hockey Championship.
Fourth-year goalkeeper Rowan Harris led the way to UBC’s record setting seventh straight U SPORTS championship with a pair of 2-0 shutout wins over the York University Lions.
Harris stopped four shots in game one on Friday followed by a three-save effort Saturday while the Thunderbirds hoisted their 19th championship banner in front of a home crowd at UBC’s Wright Field.
It was a stellar week for Harris who was also named the U SPORTS Player of the Year putting together three shutouts in five regular season games pushing the T-Birds to an undefeated season in which the Ottawa native allowed just two goals against all year.
Winnipeg is at home this weekend, as the Alberta Pandas travel to the Manitoba capital for games Friday and Saturday.
Men’s first star – Taryq Sani
Alberta Golden Bears volleyball
Physical Education & Recreation
Game log: Friday, Nov. 3 – 24 kills, 12 digs, and two aces in 3-1 W @ Regina / Saturday, Nov. 4 – 23 kills, 13 digs, and one ace in 3-2 W @ Regina.
Following back-to-back stellar performances on the road against Regina, sophomore University of Alberta Golden Bears outside hitter Taryq Sani is the Canada West First Star of the Week.
Sani led the Bears to a pair of wins over the Cougars, as the No. 8 ranked Bears improved to 4-0 in conference play. The second-year hitter finished with 47 kills, 25 digs, and three aces in the two-game sweep of Regina.
The 2016-17 Canada West All-Rookie team member was sensational in Friday night’s four-set win, finishing with a career-high 24 kills on 39 attempts, while also adding a game-high 12 digs.
Saturday’s match was no different, as he finished with a game-high 23 kills, 10 more than any other player. Sani also added another 13 digs, to go along with an ace and an assist.
The undefeated Bears will look to stay atop the Canada West standings this weekend, as they host the 1-3 Manitoba Bisons at the Saville Centre on Friday and Saturday night.
Men’s second star – Connor Guilherme
UBC Thunderbirds soccer
Game log: Friday, Nov. 3 – one shot in 90 minutes played in 3-1 W vs. Thompson Rivers at CW MSOC Final Four / Saturday, Nov. 4 – two goals, including game-winner, in 3-2 W vs. UBC in CW MSOC gold medal game.
Second-year defender Connor Guilherme had his best game of the season when it mattered most, scoring the tying goal in the 80th minute followed by the game-winner in overtime to power UBC to a 3-2 win over the Trinity Western Spartans for the ‘Birds’ 17th conference championship.
Guilherme played the entirety of both Canada West Final Four matches for the T-Birds who now advance to the U SPORTS national championship in Kamloops, B.C., this weekend.
Guilherme had a breakout season for the Thunderbirds playing in all but one regular season match while also contributing two goals which included a game winner against the national champion host Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
UBC opens up the championship tournament Thursday morning against the University of New Brunswick, as the ‘Birds search for a record 14th national title.
Women’s third star – Antoinette Miller
Winnipeg Wesmen basketball
Kinesiology & Applied Health/Education
Game log: Friday, Nov. 3 – 28 points, nine rebounds and four steals in 71-64 L vs. Alberta / Saturday, Nov. 4 – 43 points, six rebounds and three assists in 78-77 L vs. Alberta.
After two tough losses against the No. 3 ranked Alberta Pandas over the weekend, Antoinette Miller continues to be the driving force behind the Wesmen women's basketball team. The Wesmen relied heavily on Miller who played 77 minutes and now leads all CW women's basketball players in minutes played this season, averaging 35.3 per game.
Miller continues to lead all Canada West players in scoring. This past weekend she averaged 36 points per game. On Saturday night, Miller scored 43 points in a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Pandas (78-77). After two weekends of Canada West competition, Miller is leading the conference in points per game (32)
A defensive demon, Miller had eight steals this weekend and stands fourth in the league with 11 steals. With 15 rebounds this weekend, the five-foot-seven guard is also second in the conference with 42 rebounds.
This weekend the Wesmen travel to Calgary to face the Dinos.
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