Cascades give NAIA powerhouse a battle

The University of the Fraser Valley women's soccer team stood toe-to-toe with the Concordia University Cavaliers.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to the Concordia University Cavaliers Tuesday, closing out a five day, three game trip to Oregon. The Cascades finished the trip 1-2 and now sport a 2-2-0 preseason exhibition record.

The match was scoreless for more than 80 minutes, with UFV using airtight defence to hold off the NAIA national finalists.

But the Cavaliers finally punched through in the 84th minute, and scored again three minutes later to put the game away.

“We started slow and weathered an early storm,” said UFV coach Rob Giesbrecht. “Once we took our physical play to where it should be we played far better.”

Giesbrecht aknowledged Concordia’s status as a top team, and called the match great preparation for the Canada West season to come. The coach singled out Chantelle Biagioni (Pitt Meadows) for her efforts.

“She was absolutely brilliant today,” he said. “She kept us in it during the early stages of the game.”

UFV’s lone win on the trip came Monday with a 1-0 clean-sheet against the Corban Warriors. Chilliwack native Danika Snook, a fourth year forward, scored the only goal, heading in a perfect pass from Abbotsford midfielder Tori Thomas.

UFV’s next preseason match is scheduled for Saturday against the PACWest Capilano University Blues.

The game will take place at Exhibition Field in Chilliwack, BC with a game time of 5 p.m.