EDMONTON – A trio of outstanding performances by women's soccer players highlight the Canada West three stars of the week for the period ending Sunday, September 10.
In the first full weekend of Canada West women's soccer action this season, Saskatchewan's Megan Ripplinger and MacEwan's Meagan Lemoine stole the show for their respective teams, posting a pair of five-point weekends. Ripplinger is the first star of the week, as the rookie debuted with a three-goal, two-assist opening weekend, while Lemoine posted two goals and three assists.
Alberta goalkeeper Cassie Bazzarelli is the third star of the week after combining to stop 10 shots over two games, as the third-year earned a pair of shutouts.
On the men's side, Trinity Western's Elie Gindo scored the game-winner in the Spartans Saturday evening win over UBCO to claim the first star spot, while Thompson River's Ryan Glanville (goal and assist), and Mount Royal's Jake Vickers (goal) round out the star selections.
Both women's and men's soccer returns to the pitch this weekend across the conference, with select games streamed on Canada West TV.
Women's first star – Megan Ripplinger
Saskatchewan Huskies soccer
Arts & Science
Game log: Friday, September 8 – two goals and an assist in 3-2 W @ Winnipeg / Saturday, September 9 – one goal and an assist in 3-2 L @ Manitoba.
University of Saskatchewan rookie midfielder Megan Ripplinger had a Canada West debut to remember for the Huskies.
The Arts & Science student from Regina recorded three goals and two assists in a weekend split on a road trip through Manitoba.
In Friday's 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen, Ripplinger scored in the 84th and 85th minutes. She also assisted on the Huskies' first goal in the 54th minute.
A night later in a 3-2 loss to the Manitoba Bisons, she scored the Huskies' first goal in the 52nd minute and assisted on the second Huskies goal in the 88th minute.
Ripplinger and the Huskies return home to host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and UBC Okanagan Heat this weekend.
Men's first star – Elie Gindo
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, September 8 – three shots on goal in 0-0 draw vs. Thompson Rivers / Saturday, September 9 – game-winning goal in 2-1 W vs. UBCO.
Elie Gindo was the leading offensive threat for the Spartans this weekend as Trinity Western earned four home points with a 0-0 tie against Thompson Rivers on Friday night, and a 2-1 victory over UBC Okanagan on Saturday night.
The fifth-year business student from Langley, B.C. had eight shots on the weekend to lead the Spartans. He had four shots in Friday's tie and another four shots in Saturday's win. Gindo got on the scoresheet for the first time in the 2017 season with a dramatic game winning goal in the 89th minute of Saturday's match up with UBC Okanagan. The victory kept the Spartans in a three-way tie for second spot in the Pacific Division of Canada West with a record of 2-1-3
The Spartans will finish their home stand this weekend, when they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday and the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday. Both matches will be played at TWU's Chase Office Field.
Women's second star – Meagan Lemoine
MacEwan Griffins soccer
Game log: Friday, September 8 – goal and assist in 3-0 W vs. UBCO / Sunday, September 10 – a goal and two assists in 7-2 W vs. Thompson Rivers.
After recording points in four of the Griffins' five preseason games, Lemoine picked right up where she left off in MacEwan's home-opening weekend. Against UBC-Okanagan in the season-opener last Friday night, she set up the Griffins' first goal when she clashed with a defender at the top of the box in the 22nd minute and the ball spun over to Brittany Costa for a perfect strike. In the 59th minute, she gave MacEwan a 2-0 lead when she beat the UBCO keeper to a loose ball and found the twine.
On Sunday against Thompson Rivers, Lemoine was even more dominant, taking seven of MacEwan's 29 shots in the contest. She scored in the 14th minute when she was sprung by Meghan Oram, waited for the keeper to challenge and chipped it into the low left corner. She also recorded two assists, first setting up Kaylin Hermanutz for the game's opening goal in the 8th minute. In the 36th minute, she then threw the ball from the sideline 30 yards into the box, where it bounced twice and onto the boot of Raeghan McCarthy, who scored from the far side.
The five-point weekend has Lemoine tied for the Canada West scoring lead.
Lemoine will lead MacEwan (2-0-0) into Friday's home match against cross-town rival Alberta (1-0-1) in Edmonton where one team's undefeated mark will fall.
Men's second star – Ryan Glanville
Thompson Rivers WolfPack soccer
Williams Lake, B.C.
Masters in Business
Game log: Friday, September 8 – two shots on goal in 0-0 draw @ Trinity Western / Saturday, September 9 – goal and assist in 4-2 W @ Fraser Valley.
The two-time Canada West all-star and U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian has been a driving force for the WolfPack program all season. The 33-year-old father of two, who is also holding down a full-time job while he completes his master's degree, has been shouldering a lot of the attention on offence.
This past weekend, Glanville scored his second of the season and added an assist, as the WolfPack picked up valuable points on the road and now sit in a three-way tie for second in the Canada West Pacific Division.
The WolfPack's draw with Trinity marked the first time TRU secured points on the road against the Spartans.
This coming week, the WolfPack take to the pitch for just a single game, as the Lethbridge Pronghorns come to town for a Sunday matinee (2 p.m. PDT) at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.
Women's third star – Cassie Bazzarelli
Alberta Pandas soccer
Physical Education & Recreation
Game log: Saturday, September 9 – four-save shutout in 1-0 W vs. Calgary / Sunday, September 10 – six-save shutout in 0-0 draw vs. Lethbridge.
Third-year University of Alberta Pandas keeper Cassie Bazzarelli is the Canada West women's third star following back-to-back shutouts this past weekend at Foote Field.
The veteran keeper was tremendous for the Pandas in their opening weekend matches, leading them to four of a possible six points against their provincial rivals.
Alberta's season-opener was an incredibly challenging one, as they hosted the U SPORTS No. 7 Calgary Dinos. Despite being outplayed for most the game by the favourite Dinos, Bazzarelli kept the Pandas alive with some timely saves, allowing the Pandas to score the game-winner in the 65th minute.
The Edmonton, Alta. native backed up that performance with another strong one on Sunday, shutting out the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns with another six saves, including a pair of highlight-reel stops in the first half.
Bazzarelli and the 1-0-1 Pandas will return to the pitch this weekend, as they visit the undefeated MacEwan Griffins and the UNBC Timberwolves.
Men's third star – Jake Vickers
Mount Royal Cougars soccer
Game log: Thursday, September 7 – game-winning goal in 1-0 W @ Saskatchewan / Saturday, September 9 – three shots in 1-1 draw @ Lethbridge.
Jake Vickers left it all out on the pitch this past weekend. Arguably one of Mount Royal's fastest players, Vickers travelled quite some distance in Thursday's game against the Huskies, and scored a beautiful goal which ended up being the game-winner, giving MRU their first win of the 2017 season.
Saturday, he created multiple scoring opportunities as the Cougars drew the Pronghorns 1-1.
MRU returns to action this Friday at UNBC, before wrapping up the road swing with a Sunday afternoon contest in Victoria.