Eagles reach provincial championships

Men’s and women’s teams both qualify in the same season for the first time.

Shanay Sangha named Women’s Player of the Year; men’s and women’s teams both qualify in the same season for the first time.

The Kwantlen Eagles soccer teams came away from Kelowna with disappointing losses in the 2011 PACWEST Provincial Soccer Championships last weekend, but four Eagles left with All-Star rankings.

Kwantlen Eagle and 2011 PACWEST Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Shanay Sangha earlier in the season. PHOTO COURTESY VANCOUVER SPORTS PICTURES

The women’s team finished in fourth place and the men’s team lost in the quarterfinals. Both men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for the provincial championships in the same season, for the first time ever.

The women’s team played against the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners in the opening match of the tournament.

First-year mid-fielder Kathleen Ehman scored first. Second-year forward Kathleen Gratz followed with another goal to create a 2-0 lead. First-year forward

Chelsey Lal scored the final goal. The game ended in a 3-0 win for the Eagles, sending them to the semi-finals against the UBC Okanagan Heat.

Four Kwantlen Eagles were named as All-Stars. Third-year mid-fielder/forward Shanay Sangha was named as Women’s Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Star. Also named were fourth-year defender Brittany McNeill and second-year midfielder Yvamara Rodriguez who were placed as 2nd Team All-Stars. Second-year defender Hussein Abu was named a 1st Team All-Star in the men’s rankings.

With files from Kwantlen Athletics

Upcoming Eagles basketball games   

Friday, Nov. 11
Basketball Season Opener
@ Camosun
6:00 p.m. – Women
8:00 p.m. – Men

Friday, Nov. 25
vs. Columbia Bible College
6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Kwantlen Gymnasium, Surrey

Thursday – Saturday Dec. 1-3
Pat Dooley Memorial Tournament
Kwantlen Gymnasium, Surrey