KING NAMED CANADA WEST 2ND STAR OF THE WEEK

CANADA WEST THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
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KING NAMED CANADA WEST 2ND STAR OF THE WEEK

LANGLEY, British Columbia – After a three-goal weekend, Trinity Western women’s soccer midfielder Jessica King (Liverpool, England) was named this week’s Canada West Female 2nd Star of the Week.

The fifth-year King is amongst the conference’s weekly stars for the second week in a row as she was a Canada West 3rd Star of the Week following a two-goal effort in the first week of the season.

This past weekend, King extended her goal-scoring streak to four games by adding two more game-winning goals on the Spartans road trip to Kamloops, B.C. and Kelowna, B.C.

The psychology major got her third game-winning goal of the season in the Spartans 3-1 win over Thompson Rivers Friday night in Kamloops. She followed that up Saturday in Kelowna with two more goals, including the game-winner, in the Spartans 5-1 win over UBC Okanagan.

King now has five goals in her four Canada West conference games. She currently sits in second place in Canada West in goal-scoring and has helped the No. 1 Spartans to a 3-0-1 record to open the Canada West season.

The Spartans will now have a bye week before hosting the UBCO Heat on September 26 and the TRU WolfPack on September 27 at Rogers Field at TWU.

AROUND CANADA WEST

The UBC Thunderbirds’ Navid Mashinchi (men’s soccer) and Jasmind Dhanda (women’s soccer) were named Canada West 1st Stars of the Week after leading their teams in holding serve in the second weekend of conference play.

Mashinchi totalled four assists and two goals in the two victories, while Dhanda found the back of the net four times in the sweep of the visiting UNBC Timberwolves.

UBC Okanagan’s Enzo Paal and Saskatchewan’s Brett Levis received 2nd and 3rd Stars honours in men’s.

Trinity Western Spartan Jessica King and MacEwan Griffin Jenny Lam rounded out this weekend’s top performers for the women.

MEN

1st Star: #10 Navid Mashinchi, UBC (Soccer)

Fifth-year midfielder Navid Mashinchi, last week's Canada West 3rd Star of the Week, had another excellent weekend in helping his No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds to a pair of victories over the visiting UNBC Timberwolves.

Mashinchi recorded three assists in UBC's 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

Then on Sunday, he figured into all the scoring in a 3-0 Thunderbirds victory. Mashinchi scored the game winner on a 36th-minute free kick from about 20 yards out. The Port Moody, B.C., native fired a rocket across the penalty area that blew past the UNBC wall and a diving Timberwolves goalie Ty Venhola before finding the net just inside the left goal post.

He got an assist, his fourth of the weekend, on UBC's 41st-minute goal. Mashinchi took another free kick, but this time, Paul Clerc got on the end of it and headed the ball into the net.

Mashinchi then fired home a penalty kick in the 54th minute to finish off the scoring.

He now has four goals on the season, tied for second in the Canada West, and five assists, which is the best in the league.

The Thunderbirds will travel to the B.C. Interior for games at Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan this weekend.

2nd Star: #10 Enzo Paal, UBC Okanagan (Soccer)

Hosting their first weekend of Canada West soccer games, the UBC Okanagan Heat swept both Fraser Valley and Trinity Western for a surprising two wins and a 3-1 start to their season. This weekend’s sweep was guided by the right foot of second-year forward Enzo Paal (Coldstream, B.C.).

On Friday night, with a large crowd cheering on the home team and the game knotted 1-1 heading into extra time, Enzo made his mark as he right-footed the ball past the Cascade keeper.  Dylan Abbott (Salmon Arm, B.C.) sent a free kick to Jerry Ryan, who made a run down the line and crossed to Paal for the game-winner.

On Saturday, in another 1-1 match this time with the Spartans, it was in the 54th minute when Enzo lifted his team to a victory.

Paal worked his way between two defenders to the middle lane before dishing left to sophomore Logan Abbott (Salmon Arm, B.C.) on the left side.  Abbott then deftly set the plate of fourth-year forward Jorden Leib’s second goal of the year to secure what would be the game-winning goal 54 minutes in.

For his brilliance on the hockey-assist during the game-winning play in addition to the rest of his offensive hustle and harassment, Paal was awarded the Heat Player of the Game honour.

With Enzo’s offense he delivered two home wins to UBC Okanagan, and has led the team to a 3-1 start in their historic first-ever Canada West season and are now owners of the hottest four-game start among Canada West debut squads since 2009.

Paal and his Heat teammates look to keep their unblemished home record this weekend intact when they host the Victoria Vikes Friday night at 6 p.m., followed by the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds Saturday at 7 p.m.

3rd Star: #10 Brett Levis, Saskatchewan (Soccer)

University of Saskatchewan midfielder Brett Levis helped keep the Huskies perfect season intact scoring two goals and three assists in a weekend sweep of the MacEwan Griffins on the weekend.

The two-time CIS All-Canadian and three-time Canada West all-star scored in the 24th minute in Saturday’s 5-0 win. He also assisted on the Huskies’ third, fourth and fifth goals of the match. A day later, the fourth-year Arts & Science student opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the 5-1 win.

Levis and the No. 7-ranked Huskies enter a bye-weekend before travelling to meet the Lethbridge Pronghorns on September 27-28.

WOMEN

1st Star: #9 Jasmin Dhanda, UBC (Soccer)

Second-year UBC Thunderbirds forward Jasmin Dhanda had a four-goal weekend to lead her team to two victories on the weekend against the UNBC Timberwolves in Vancouver.

On Saturday afternoon, the Surrey, B.C., native opened the scoring in the 20th minute, recording an unassisted marker to send the T-Birds on the way to their first win of the 2014 Canada West season. Dhanda then capped off the day by scoring UBC's final goal in a 5-0 triumph.

The reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year again found the net twice on Sunday as the T-Birds claimed a 3-0 victory. In the 29th minute, she one-timed a cross from Amrit Berar inside the left goalpost for the game winner. The Kinesiology student added an insurance goal in the 64th minute as UBC improved to 2-2 on the season.

Dhanda's four goals put her third in the Canada West scoring race.

The Thunderbirds hope to harness the momentum from their wins this weekend (2-2-0) as they head to Kamloops to face Thompson Rivers University (0-2-2) on September 19.

2nd Star: #11 Jessica King, Trinity Western (Soccer)

Trinity Western midfielder Jessica King extended her goal scoring streak two four games by adding two more game-winning goals this past weekend on the Spartans road trip to Kamloops, B.C. and Kelowna, B.C.

The fifth-year psychology major got her third game-winning goal of the season in the Spartans 3-1 win over Thompson Rivers Friday night in Kamloops. Then she followed it up Saturday in Kelowna with two more goals, including the game-winner, in the Spartans 5-1 win over UBC Okanagan.

King, who hails from Liverpool, England, now has five goals in her four Canada West conference games. She currently sits in second place in Canada West in goal-scoring and has helped the No. 2 Spartans to a 3-0-1 record to open the Canada West season.

The Spartans will now have a bye week before hosting the UBCO Heat on September 26 and the TRU WolfPack on September 27 at Rogers Field at TWU.

3rd Star: #8 Jenny Lam, MacEwan (Soccer)

MacEwan University’s Jenny Lam scored the Griffins first-ever Canada West goal to elevate her team to a 1-0 victory to open the season. Capturing the team’s first win against the Lethbridge Pronghorns on September 13, the 4th year midfielder solidified her reputation as the team’s free kick specialist, firing a perfectly placed shot past the keeper in the 28th minute.
The goal marked Lam’s first game-winner in the league.

The Griffins finished their opening weekend with a 1-1 record to sit seventh in the Prairies Division.
Returning home, the Griffins host the University of Winnipeg on Saturday before welcoming the University of Manitoba on Sunday. Both games are scheduled as 12:00 p.m. matinees.

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Last Updated: 2014-09-18
Author: Mark Janzen