A soccer scoring outburst has landed Alberta’s third-year Golden Bears striker Ajeej Sarkaria first star honours of Canada West (CW) for the period ending October 14.
Sarkaria became the CW all-time men’s soccer scoring leader to earn the conference’s men’s first star honour.
Thanks to a five-point weekend for the Alberta Golden Bears, Sarkaria moved into sole possession of first on the CW all-time points list, as he surpassed Calgary Dino Dominic Russo’s record of 57. With two goals and three assists, Sarkaria moved into first on the list with 60 career points in just three seasons of conference play.
Sarkaria now moves forward as the conference nominee for the U SPORTS athletes of the week.
Game log: Saturday, October 13 – a goal and two assists in 4-0 road win over Mount Royal / Sunday, October 14 – a goal and an assist in 2-0 road win vs. Calgary.
With two goals and three assists for the Bears in their weekend sweep of Mount Royal and Calgary, Sarkaria became the Canada West all-time scoring leader. Through 41 career Canada West games, Sarkaria now has 60 points – three more than previous record holder Dominic Russo (Calgary, 2012-2016).
The Edmonton product paced the Alberta attack on Saturday against the Cougars, scoring the game-winner in the 45th minute, before assisting on two of Easton Ongaro’s goals in the second half. Sarkaria also added two points in the Bears win over Calgary on Sunday, leading the team to their 11th win.
Sarkaria leads Canada West with 18 points in 13 conference games this season. He has led the conference in scoring in each of his first two seasons, being named a conference all-star twice.
The Golden Bears wrap up the regular season this weekend against MacEwan, before hosting a quarter-final match the following weekend at Foote Field.