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CIS WRAP: UBC poised to regain No. 1 spot as York slips

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Last week, the York University Lions were at No. 1 on the CIS men’s soccer charts, while the defending national champs from the University of British Columbia were at No. 2. We can expect that UBC will take York’s spot when the new rankings come out Tuesday.

UBC, which has lost just once this season, swept its two-game weekend series with UNBC in Prince George, winning 4-1 and 3-0. Milad Mehrabi scored three times over the course of the two wins, while Reynold Stewart scored twice in the opener against UNBC.

Since they suffered a shock loss to the University of the Fraser Valley on Sept. 8, the T-Birds have gone 8-0-0 and outscored their opponents 30-6. That’s right, 30-6.

Milad Mehrabi

Meanwhile, York played just one game over the weekend. And, for the second time this season the Lions lost to their bogey team, the McMaster Marauders. York outshot the boys from Hamilton by an 8-2 margin, but an own goal from Arthur Casupanan was all that the Marauders (7-2-2) needed to trip up York.


It’s automatic, right? That, in Canada West’s Prairie Division, the University of Alberta is soccer king. Well, the University of Saskatchewan has changed all that. The Huskies swept the Golden Bears over the weekend, announcing to the world that if anyone in Canada West can mount a challenge to UBC, it’ll come from Saskatoon, not Edmonton.

On Sunday, the Huskies finished the sweep with a 2-1 win over the U of A. Ex-FC Edmonton defender Niko Saler scored on a penalty kick for the Bears, but the Huskies got a free-kick marker from former Whitecaps’ trialist Brett Levis and the winner on a penalty kick from David Brown.

On Saturday, the Huskies beat the Bears 2-0, with Kyle Moore and Garrett Peters getting the goals.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees, the No. 1-ranked women’s program in the country, won’t be knocked off the perch. This past weekend, with wins over Queen’s and Trent, the Gee-Gees extended their winning streak to seven games. Pilar Khoury scored the lone goal in the tense win over the Gaels, while Ottawa keeper Cynthia LeBlanc had to deal with 11 shots. Khoury scored again in a 6-0 win over Trent, that saw Sheniz Eryulzlu score twice for the Gee-Gees.

Ottawa has scored 50 times this season with four games left on the regular-season schedule. The school record for goals in a season is 57.

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