Cascades clash with California crews

The University of the Fraser Valley soccer squads soaked up some sun and played friendlies against Cali competition.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s and women’s soccer teams are back home after an eight-day trip to California.

Both Cascade crews played several games in Los Angeles and San Diego.

The women scrimmaged against the Master’s College Mustangs and Hope International University Royals — both members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).  They also scrimmaged against two NCAA division-two squads,  the Cal State LA Golden Eagles and the UC San Diego Tritons.

Because of American intercollegiate rules, scores cannot be reported for these informal scrimmages.

“We had two outstanding matches versus the NCAA teams, which was critical because both those teams provide the quality athleticism, technical ability and pace of play that we will face when we compete against the top teams in Canada West,” said coach Rob Giesbrecht. “From a competitive viewpoint this trip was excellent preparation for our upcoming season.”

UFV’s men’s side played three times, taking on NCAA division two teams from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University.  They also battled LA Misioneros FC of the Premier Development League (PDL).

A fourth game was cancelled.

“The team spirit is high and the players are getting along great,” said coach Alan Errington. “The team was great on the trip and have enjoyed their time in Los Angeles, but are itching to get started in league play.”

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