Fraser Valley Cascades' rookie Bryana Buttar (centre) has played like a veteran over the first six matches of the 2019 Canada West season. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Cascades are better with Bryana Buttar in the batter! Rookie a rare ingredient as UFV hunkers for huge weekend homestand vs. UBC, UVic

ABBOTSFORD — With the same clockwork precision she has shown at every key stage of her soccer career, Bryana Buttar has once again arrived ahead of her time.“I definitely feel that my whole youth career has set me up for this,” the Fraser Valley Cascades’ dynamic midfielder remarked Wednesday of the opportunity she has seized […]

Trinity Western's fourth-year defender Kristen Sakaki (left) had her love affair with the beautiful game reaffirmed during the Spartans' 12-day training camp in England last month. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TWU women’s soccer: On eve of 2019 season opener, training camp in England reminds Spartans of their “love and joy” for the beautiful game

LANGLEY — It wasn’t a trip planned specifically as a soccer pilgrimage.Training camps are serious business, and when you’ve played in five of the last seven U Sports national title games like the women’s team from Langley’s Trinity Western University have, it’s pretty clear that no part of the process can be ignored.Yet allowing that […]

Surrey-Kwantlen Park grad Taylor Nekic, entering her third season as a starting central defender, has helped lift the fortunes of Abbotsford's ever-improving Fraser Valley Cascades. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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First signs of a second wind? UFV’s gifted youthful core embraces opportunity as Cascades women’s soccer takes a hopeful forward step

ABBOTSFORD — You can’t really define a second wind, except to say that although invisible to the naked eye, it brings a presence which is undeniably uplifting.In a big-picture sense, that’s kind of how Rob Giesbrecht has felt throughout the course of the most demanding and perhaps most rewarding preseason in the history of Fraser […]

Centennial Centaurs' Kiara Buono (jumping for joy) and Langley Fundamental's Jacob Sol (shouting) each won B.C. high school soccer titles over their senior seasons. Buono is off to Simon Fraser in the fall while So heads to UBC Okanagan. (Photos by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2019. All rights reserved)
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Varsity Letters B.C. Recruits List 2019: Where 237 soccer prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — Day 3 of Varsity Letters’ 2019 B.C. Recruits List Week brings us to the beautiful game! Nowhere else does B.C.’s vast youth delivery system produce the number of NCAA student-athletes in addition to the scores of U Sports and CCAA products as in soccer.

Having already represented Canada at two FIFA U-17 World Cups, North Vancouver's Caitlin Shaw embarks on an NCAA Div. 1 career at Oregon beginning this coming season. (Photo by Bob Frid property of Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2019. All Rights Reserv
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A Sunday Read: Caitlin Shaw takes her soccer skills to Oregon Ducks as part of Whitecaps’ multi-million dollar NCAA signing class

BURNABY — Engage Caitlin Shaw in a discussion of her soccer future, and within seconds, what’s most clear is that she has greeted each day of her journey with humility and an unfailing sense of self-belief.

By the time the 2020 fall GNAC season begins at Simon Fraser University, the grass berm along one side of Terry Fox Field will be turned into a covered seating area as part of an 18-month project which will provide seating for almost 2,000 for Clan football, soccer, and track and field. (Photo courtesy Simon Fraser athletics)
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SFU Stadium Project: Finally, a green light! Shovels set to break Burnaby Mountain soil in January for 18-month project

BURNABY — It’s a project whose flashing green-light past has too often gotten stuck on extended periods of solid amber. But now, the long-anticipated Simon Fraser University Stadium Project has been placed on an official 18-month timeline with shovels set to break into the Burnaby Mountain soil in January.

With her Spartans' teammates Aliya Coy (centre) and Kat Chin (8) at her side, Trinity Western's U Sports Player of the Year Seina Kashima shows her emotion after scoring the goal which knotted the national final against host Ottawa at 1-1. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of TWU athletics)
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TWU women’s soccer: Plethora of early chances go unanswered, Spartans drop a U Sports title-tilt heartbreaker to Gee-Gees

The Trinity Western Spartans needed 11th-hour heroics in the nation’s capital the day before just to book safe passage to Sunday’s 2018 U Sports national women’s soccer championship final game. Yet in sharp contrast, when the Remembrance Day title tilt kicked off against the host Gee-Gees on the campus of the University of Ottawa, Langley’s Spartans […]

Pitt Meadows native Sam Kell will try to help her Douglas College Royals win a CCAA national title this week in Coquitlam. (Photo courtesy Douglas College athletics)
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The Renaissance Royal: How Sam Kell helped CCAA soccer tourney host Douglas College finds its national mojo

NEW WESTMINSTER — She arrived at a time when the Douglas College Royals women’s soccer program didn’t even know what a national identity was.

Aliya Coy has been a stalwart along the Spartans' back-line for both of her two seasons with the Spartans. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of TWU athletics)
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Canada West Final Four at TWU: After putting soccer first on her menu, Spartans’ Aliya Coy finds a new joy for the game

LANGLEY — There is an old saying about how we are all essentially defined by our own unique ingredients. Aliya Coy thought she had a pretty solid grasp of that concept when she graduated from Calgary’s Centennial High back in the spring of 2017.

Simon Fraser senior Jenna-lee Baxter symbolized the turnaround of Clan women's soccer this week by being named the GNAC's Player of the Year. (Photo property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics)
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Coach Annie Hamel on re-birth of Simon Fraser Clan women’s soccer: “…they bought in when I had nothing to offer but a vision”

BURNABY — There were only a handful of other places within the NCAA world from which Annie Hamel could have travelled further just to arrive at her posting as the new head coach of Simon Fraser Clan women’s soccer back in the spring of 2014.