Metro Vancouver….. The KPU Eagles women’s soccer team started the 2014/15 PACWEST CCAA season on a positive note as they defeated the Capilano University Blues 2-1 at home at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey, BC. The Eagles are 1-0-0 going into a double-header weekend on the road to take on the Douglas College Royals on Saturday, September 6, and the Langara College Falcons on Sunday, September 7.
KPU came out with an equal mix of new and returning players on their starting line, which saw opportunities on both ends of the pitch in the first half. First-year goalkeeper Simran Meelu, Abbotsford, BC, made a number of good saves in her university debut.
The Eagles were the first on the board at 23:34 as second-year midfielder Harlene Uppal, Surrey, BC, found the back of the net off of a pass from first-year midfielder Lexie (Alexandria) Gillette. At 42:32 KPU’s Pamela Scowby, first-year midfielder, Coquitlam, BC, would assist Gurneet Josan, third-year midfielder, Surrey, BC, to double up the score on the Blues.
The second half was a greater test for the KPU defense. Capilano’s only goal came at 57:46 from third-year forward, Parm Rai, Surrey, BC. The Eagles win marks a positive start to the season for Head Coach Julie King, as it is also her first game at the helm of the women’s program at KPU.
“I’m pleased with the win. Capilano gave us some things to think about and we worked very hard,” stated Coach King, “I think we created a lot of chances but we need to be more clinical. Overall, it was great to see some of the rookies and returners step up. We look forward to a season of growth.”
KPU Eagles midfielders Haley Wark and Pamela Scowby defend against the Capilano University Blues
(Photo Credit: KPU Sports Information)
The next home match for the KPU Eagles women’s soccer team is Saturday, September 13 when they take on the Quest University Kermodes at 12:00pm at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey.
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The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC. The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.