VANCOUVER, BC - The 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men's and women's soccer championships were held over the weekend, and a number of former Vancouver Whitecaps FC youth players took centre stage for their respective universities.
Dhanda named Tournament MVP, WFC Girls Elite trio score as UBC take women's crown
Third-year striker Jasmin Dhanda (pictured) was presented the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Award as the tournament MVP after leading the UBC Thunderbirds to the 2015 CIS women's soccer championship last Sunday. The Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Regional Excel Centre (REX) product from Surrey, BC recorded an assist in the 3-0 final win over the Trinity Western University Spartans at Thunderbird Stadium.
All three goals were scored by WFC Girls Elite REX products. Midfielder Madison Guy opened the scoring in the 18th minute when she beat the Spartans goalkeeper in the top-left corner. Just 13 minutes after, Dhanda connected with striker Shayla Chorney to pad the Thunderbirds lead before halftime. Midfielder Taylor Shannik got one past the 'keeper to cap UBC's sixth CIS women's soccer title.
Other former Girls Elite REX players in the lineups for the title match were Jasmine Mander, Aman Shergill, Meagan Pasternak, Tamara Roughead, and Meghan Douglas for UBC, and Vanessa Kovacs, Seina Kashima, Lindsey Pulice, and Ally Williamson for Trinity Western.
Four former Whitecaps FC youth players feature for UBC in bronze medal win
Chris Serban (Whitecaps FC 2, Residency), Nike Azuma (Residency), Sean Einarsson (Whitecaps FC U-23), and Titouan Chopin (Residency) started for the UBC Thunderbirds in their 2-0 win over UQAM Citadins in the men's soccer bronze medal match at York Stadium last Sunday.
Einarsson and Chopin combined to attempt six shots for the UBC attack, while Serban and Azuma played key roles in the clean sheet. Chopin (pictured) was named the player of the game for the Thunderbirds.
It was a bounce-back win for the Thunderbirds, who lost a heartbreaker to host York University Lions on the previous night. The semifinal match went into kicks after each side went scoreless in regulation and extra time. Former Whitecaps FC U-23 players Einarsson, Harry Lakhan, and Gagan Dosanjh found the net in the five rounds of kicks in the losing effort.
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