LANGLEY, British Columbia – After scoring a hat-trick in Trinity Western’s home-opener, Spartans fourth-year midfielder Domenic Poletto (Calgary) was named the Canada West Men’s Second Star of the Week.
Poletto joined Alberta striker Ajeej Sarkaria, who was named the First Star, and UBC’s Caleb Clarke, as the Canada West Men’s Three Stars of the Week.
Men’s second star – Domenic Poletto
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, Aug. 31 – three goals in 7-1 home win vs. Victoria / Saturday, Sept. 1 – 84 minutes played in 3-0 road loss vs. UBC.
Domenic Poletto led the Spartans to a record breaking 7-1 victory over the Victoria Vikes by notching his first hat-trick of his TWU career. The Calgary native made good on his three shot attempts by finding the back of the net on each strike.
Poletto became the sixth Spartan to record a hat-trick in Canada West play. The Spartans have previously scored six goals twice, including last year's 6-2 playoff victory over Calgary and a 6-1 win over Lethbridge in 2003.
In Sunday’s match against No. 7 UBC, Polleto was held in check by the T-Birds in TWU’s 3-0 loss in a rematch of last year’s Canada West final.
TWU currently has a record of 1-1-1 and sit third in the CW Pacific Division standings.
The Spartans suit up this Friday and Saturday in Prince George, B.C., where they’ll take on the UNBC Timberwolves.
Men’s first star – Ajeej Sarkaria
Alberta Golden Bears soccer
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 – two goals and three shots in 2-1 road win vs. Saskatchewan / Sunday Sept. 2 – game-winning goal and five shots in 2-1 road win vs. Lethbridge.
Third-year Golden Bear striker Ajeej Sarkaria paced the Alberta attack with a record-setting weekend, leading Alberta to a pair of road victories.
The 2016 CW Player of the Year set numerous records during a three-point weekend, as the Bears improved to 3-0-0 in conference play with wins over Saskatchewan and Lethbridge.
Sarkaria broke the Alberta program scoring record with the first of his two goals on Saturday, eclipsing the mark of 44 points set by former Bear Brett Colvin (2007-2011).
The third-year business student was also paramount in the Bears’ thrilling comeback win on Sunday over Lethbridge, scoring the game-winner in the 89th minute. The game-winner was the 11th of his career, which also set a new conference record.
Following his dominant weekend, Sarkaria is now fourth all-time in Canada West scoring with 47 points (30 goals, 17 assists) in 31 career conference games. The Bears will host both Calgary and Mount Royal in their first two games at home this weekend.
Men’s third star – Caleb Clarke
UBC Thunderbirds soccer
Game log: Friday, Aug. 31 – goal and four shots in 1-1 road draw vs. UFV / Sunday, Sept. 2 – goal and two assists in 3-0 home win vs. TWU.
One of UBC’s biggest recruits came through big time for his new team in the opening weekend of the 2018 Canada West season as Clarke scored twice and added a pair of assists.
The former Vancouver Whitecap scored the Thunderbirds’ lone goal in their season opener Friday night in Abbotsford to secure a 1-1 draw with the Fraser Valley Cascades. Clarke’s first goal in the blue and gold came in the 23rd minute as he made good on one of his two shots on goal in the game.
For the ‘Birds’ home opener against the Spartans on Sunday afternoon, Clarke was the driving force for a convincing UBC victory. The 6-foot-1 forward set up the first two T-Bird goals before adding his second of the season in the 80th minute to provide some added insurance.
Clarke’s four points puts him in the conference lead for points per game while tied for fourth overall in scoring.
The T-Birds are alone in first place in the Pacific division with a pair of homes games this Friday and Saturday against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and UBC Okanagan Heat.
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About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.
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