Longtime former UBC men's and women's soccer coach Dick Mosher will be honoured Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. (Photo by Adrian Lam property of UBC athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Dick Mosher: UBC soccer set to pay tribute to its late heart-and-soul patriarch with Saturday celebration of life at Thunderbird Stadium

VANCOUVER — Come Saturday afternoon, in a quiet moment, Jesse Symons is sure to hear his own private ringing of a cel phone, and a special voice on the other end with a message he will never forget.“Back in 2019, right after we won the national championship, I got a phone call from him and […]

After a full season of waiting, the fun starts again for Danielle Steer and the rest of UBC's blue-and-gold-clad women's soccer team. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC women’s soccer 2021 home opener: When it comes to goals, ‘Birds national MVP striker Danielle Steer takes the wheel and points the way!

VANCOUVER — There was a moment, back in the spring of 2016, when Danielle Steer might have wondered about the direction of the UBC Thunderbirds’ women’s soccer program.A shining Grade 11 youth soccer talent with both Coastal F.C. and her school team at Elgin Park Secondary in Surrey, Steer was in the midst of taking […]

Simon Fraser senior captain Kayla Goncalves loves the spirit of her team and the way its younger players have accepted the challenge of the new GNAC season. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Thursday’s GNAC 2021 opener: It’s a youthful re-start atop Burnaby Mountain for SFU women’s soccer, yet coach Hamel says “…We’re one decision, one moment away”

BURNABY MOUNTAIN — Ask Annie Hamel what it’s been like pushing the re-start button on the B.C. women’s collegiate soccer program perhaps most limited since the pandemic’s arrival some 18 months ago, and the Simon Fraser head coach relates a moment early in the team’s preseason.“We wrote on the white board for the coaches ‘PATIENCE’,” […]

After a redshirt transfer season in 2019 and the COVID-cancelled 2020 campaign, North Delta native Brittany Costa ends a near three-year drought from Canada West play this Friday when she captains the Fraser Valley Cascades at Rotary Stadium against the Victoria Vikes. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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How long is 1,055 days? As Friday’s UFV soccer opener approaches, Cascades’ Brittany Costa reflects on wisdom gained over her near three-year Canada West drought!

ABBOTSFORD — Inform Brittany Costa just how long it’s been since she last played a meaningful soccer game, and the silence on the other end of the phone line speaks volumes.In her case, the waiting has indeed the hardest part.“It just feels like I have been training for so long that I don’t even know […]

Displaying the gold medal she was awarded for her remote role with the Canadian women's soccer team is Fraser Valley Cascades striker Sarah Parker, a Surrey native and former graduate of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. FIFA honoured Parker for her role in video creation for the Canadian women's soccer team on its run to gold at Tokyo 2020. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: How the camera eye of UFV’s Sarah Parker helped Canadian women’s soccer capture a golden moment in time!

ABBOTSFORD — For about as long as she can remember, Sarah Parker has felt a calling to capture moments in time.Whether as still life or moving pictures, she very quickly understood the effect images could have on the imagination, and how later, as an elite-level U Sports soccer player, the inspirational power they carried.“I love […]

Mila van der Veen (centre) of the Trinity Western Spartans makes a run past UBC's Josie Claypool (left) and Katalin Tolnai on Monday as the U SPORTS women's soccer season resumed play with an exhibition match in Langley. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Trinity Western-UBC women’s soccer: “It’s in the blood of the two schools…” True words as third decade of dynastic rivalry opens with 3-3 draw!

LANGLEY — You could say it was a pretty quiet day for the resumption of the greatest rivalry game in the history of U Sports’ women’s soccer.An early-week 5 p.m. start on a day which began with some drizzle, on a campus still weeks from the opening of classes, accompanied by the calendar’s earliest-ever clash […]

Fraser Valley Cascades' Tripat Sandhu may not be ending her U SPORTS soccer career the way she wanted, yet on the heels of a COVID-19 cancelled season, the Abbotsford scholar/athlete is leaving a most unique legacy within her school's program. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV’s Tripat Sandhu: Even in a season lost to pandemic, Cascades’ soccer visionary shows us all what it takes to be a true MVP!

ABBOTSFORD — The official records will tell you, that in the history of Canadian university sport, the 2020-21 season simply did not exist.Whistles were not blown. Eligibility was not taken. Games were not played.Yet despite the bottom-line realities of COVID-19, there was, thankfully, nothing stopping this country’s student-athletes from still being students.In honour of today’s […]

UBC's Kat Tolnai holds off Trinity Western's Jenaya Robertson during 2019 action. UBC and Trinity Western have won more national titles than any other programs in U Sports women's soccer history. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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No fans, no rankings for UBC vs. TWU! Strange times as two greatest programs in U Sports women’s soccer history clash Friday in game no one can see!

VANCOUVER — There’s a rumour going around that the two most successful women’s soccer programs in U Sports history had explored the idea of staging something akin to hockey’s 1972 Summit Series between the Canadians and the then-Soviet Union.With the Canada West having already cancelled the 2020 fall sports season due to COVID-19, imagine the […]

She got the ball rolling! Trinity Western's 2004 national championship-winning captain Angela Trauter provides the roots of a Spartans' tree filled with talented midfielders. The youth of the 2020 group has much to glean from its past. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Happy 20th birthday: At the heart of the park, a youthful Trinity Western women’s midfield has much to glean from its stellar past

LANGLEY — So what’s the commonality that best defines the Trinity Western Spartans’ voluminous streak of 16 straight appearances and counting in the Canada West women’s soccer Final Four championships?As in any kind of anatomical analysis, figurative as this one may be, the place to start is at the heart, or in the case of […]

There is still hope that players like Fraser Valley Cascades' rising second-year forward Katie Lampen (right) and the rest of the B.C.-based teams in the Canada West women's and men's soccer worlds will be able to play meaningful exhibitions later this fall, if the environment is deemed safe by provincial health, as well as university authorities. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Despite a cancelled fall season, B.C.’s Canada West schools keep alive hopes of meaningful inter-province competition!

The Canada West’s fall sports season may have been officially cancelled Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet some coaches and administrators from the conference’s B.C.-member schools seemed united in their hopeful belief that with a continued flattening of the curve throughout the summer months and all the appropriate green lights flashing, that its core […]