Bisons soccer heads to the coast to play Fraser Valley, No. 3 Trinity Western

WINNIPEG – After a weekend split at home to start their 2019 season, Bisons soccer heads out west for their first road series. They’ll take on the Fraser Valley Cascades (0-1-1) on Friday, Sept. 13 (7:30 p.m. CDT) and the defending Canada West champion No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans (1-0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m. CDT).

Both matches can be streamed on CanadaWest.TV (fee required).

While Manitoba felt some disappointment giving up a 1-0 lead to Saskatchewan in their home opener — eventually losing 1-2 — they have to be reassured by the play of their first-years through two matches. Winnipeg midfielder Jessica Tsai was particularly impactful, scoring a goal and marking three assists in two matches. The performances have her in the conference lead for assists (3) and in a tie for first in points (4).

The first-year fun didn’t stop there, though, as midfielder Stefanie Young continued a stellar exhibition season with a goal against Regina, a match the Bisons eventually won 3-0.

This weekend, Manitoba will be challenged by two quality west coast teams, beginning with Fraser Valley on Friday. The Cascades ranked seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll, but looked better than that in a 1-1 draw with No. 10 UBC last Saturday — a match where the Thunderbirds needed a goal late to escape with points. Fraser Valley returns midfielder Brittney Zacharuk this season, a team captain who had a remarkable 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) in 2018.

On Saturday, a steep test presents itself in the No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans. While they’ve already experienced some disappointment with a 0-0 draw in their season opener at UBC, the Spartans are packed with talent. The top team in the conference’s preseason poll are expecting a big year from fifth-year midfielder Jenaya Robertson, who had six goals last season and already scored one in a 3-2 win over Victoria.

Next up for the Bisons is a return home, as they play Thompson Rivers on September 20 (7 p.m.) and UBC Okanagan on September 21 (7 p.m.).

DETAILS:
Friday, September 13 vs. Fraser Valley Cascades – 7:30 p.m. CDT
Abbotsford, BC

Saturday, September 14 vs. No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans – 7 p.m. CDT
Langley, BC

Canada West Standings
Conference Statistics
U SPORTS Top 10 – September 10, 2019

HOOFPRINTS

  • Fifteen Years: Bisons women’s soccer is celebrating their 15th year as a program this season, and staff writer Mike Still caught up with the founders of the program – Walt McKee and Gary Johnson — on how the team has grown since they started things in 2005.
  • Scott into the Hall: Bisosn women’s soccer alumn and two-time Olympian Desiree Scott became the first Bison to be inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame on September 3. Scott played for the Bisons from 2005 to 2009 and was the 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, a four-time Canada West All-Star, the Canada West Rookie of the Year, and a two-time U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian.