LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week in Spartan action, the men’s soccer team returns to their home pitch, the women’s soccer team plays away, and the preseason continues for the volleyball teams, hockey team, and women’s basketball team.

On the pitch the men’s soccer team looks to continue their winning streak after a successful weekend in the prairies. The Spartans first played the University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 1-0 shutout at the Golden Bears’ home at Foote Field. The following afternoon the Spartans dispatched the No. 7 University of Saskatchewan Huskies in another 1-0 showing. This weekend the Spartans will play the current Canada West leaders, the No. 10 Calgary Dinos, as well as the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Both games are at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen at CanadaWestTV.

In the Calgary Dinos the Spartans are playing a team that has achieved recent success on the field. The Dinos are at the top of the stand Canada West standings with a 4-2 record following a split this past weekend. The Dinos shutout the UFV Cascades with a 1-0 win, before falling to the Victoria Vikes 3-0.

The Pronghorns currently sit in the Canada West basement with a 1-5 record. Playing on their home turf, the Pronghorns were shutout 3-0 before earning their first victory of the season via a 3-0 win over the UFV Cascades.

In women’s soccer the No. 5 Spartans will return to the prairies to take on the University of Regina Cougars after last weekends perfect road trip. The Spartans are on a four-game winning streak after two shutouts against the University of Alberta Pandas and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Spartans first beat out the then No. 3 Pandas in a one goal game, and then came out on top in a 2-0 match against the Huskies.

The Cougars sit winless at the bottom of the Canada West standings with a 0-5-1 record after last weekend. In their last two games the Cougars played the University of Manitoba, with both games ending in 2-0 losses.

The Spartans and Cougars will meet at 12 p.m. on October 1 for a match at the U of R field.  

In their first preseason game of the year, the women’s basketball team will play the UBC Okanagan Heat at home. The Spartans finished last year with a 3-21 record and will return to the hardwood for the first time this year.

The Heat begin their first year in the Canada West conference in this exhibition game with the Spartans. Last season the Heat finished with a 13-5 record in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.

The game will take place on September 29 at 5 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.

Continuing their preseason schedule is the Spartan men’s volleyball team will play a game against the UBC Thunderbirds Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Yale secondary followed by back-to-back matches with the UBC-Okanagan Heat on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. both of which will be held at Surrey Christian.

The Spartans currently have a 3-1-0 preseason record after four games this past weekend. The Spartans swept the Alberta Golden Bears with two 3-1 wins, before losing in five to the UBC Okanagan Heat. Finally the Spartans bounced back with a 4-0 effort against the TRU Wolf Pack. The UBC Thunderbirds hold a 1-1 preseason record after splitting with TRU, losing 3-2 and winning 3-0.

The Spartan women’s volleyball team will begin their preseason schedule at Seattle University. Last year the Spartans conference record stood at 15-3 and the women played their way to a CIS bronze medal. The Spartans will play the SU Redhawks on Thursday September 29 at 7 p.m.

On the ice, the Spartan men’s hockey team will finish off their preseason schedule against the University of Washington with games on September 30 and October 1. The Spartans possess a 0-1-1 preseason record, having tied their last game against the Okanagan Coyotes. Both games are at Washington University, with times set for 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday.


Last Updated: 2011-09-27
Author: Mark Janzen