High level university soccer comes to Chilliwack Friday night (Sept. 22). The University of the Fraser Valley women’s and men’s teams play ‘home games’ at Exhibition Stadium.
The women take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at 6 p.m. and the men follow at 8 p.m. with a match against the University of Lethbridge.
The venue has changed since the original announcement on Tuesday. The games were originally due to take place at Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt Elementary/Middle School.
Exhibition Stadium was the home of UFV Cascades soccer in 2012 and 2013.
The UFV women are off to a strong start with a 4-1-2 record that puts them third in the Canada West Pacific division standings. They’ve blanked their opponents in their last four games, tying a team record dating back to 2014 and 2016. Keeper Kareena Sahota (Maple Ridge) has played 361 straight minutes without allowing a goal.
“Kareena has been absolutely fantastic,” said UFV head coach Ari Adams. “She has grown as a player already in this short amount of time, and really become a leader. The entire team is just battling defensively like they have probably never done in their lives. It’s not just the back line, it’s our entire team defensive unit. It starts with Kareena, and she’s been just top notch.”
The Saskatchewan Huskies are a quality opponent, with a 4-2 record. That puts them third in the Canada West Prairie conference.
UFV’s men have struggled this season, winning once in six tries (1-5). They sit last in the Pacific conference standings while Lethbridge is 2-2-3 and third in the Prairie conference.