He climbed, he conquered.
Coquitlam’s Trevor Zanatta may have ended his third varsity season with a red card and an ejection from the conference bronze medal game, but his consistent play and leadership were recognized by the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
The midfielder was named the Cascades Male Athlete of the Year for the 2021-22 campaign at the school’s athletic awards banquet earlier this month.
He beat four other nominees for the top prize, all from different teams.
Zanatta played a key role in leading the UFV to the Canada West Final Four as the unranked team in men’s soccer after finishing fourth in the playoffs and in the West Division (4-3-5).
The Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club alum has eight points in 15 total games, including three goals and five assists.
It was the most among his Green and White teammates and 14th overall in the conference.
Remarkably, four of his assists have been recorded in a game since UFV beat UBC 5-1 at Abbotsford on Oct. 3.
Zanatta’s feat set a new Canada West record for most assists in a regular season game.
The Cascades finally lost a medal with a 2-0 loss to Mount Royal University after losing 5-0 in the semifinals to Victoria.
Despite missing out on the podium, Zanatta was named a First Team Conference All-Star, was an Academic All-Canadian, and shared the UFV Men’s Soccer MVP award with Surrey defenseman Ryan Donald. .
Zanatta graduated from Archbishop Carney Regional High School in Port Coquitlam in 2018.
UFV continues to look to the Tri-Cities to add talent to its field in the years to come.
Mateo Brazinha of Riverside Secondary recently signed on to join Cascades for the 2022-23 campaign.
The Port Coquitlam forward is also a member of Coquitlam Metro-Ford and is described as a pure goalscorer by UFV head coach Tom Lowndes.
“He is a quality finisher in the box and has a natural instinct in front of goal,” he said in a team statement.
“We are thrilled to add a player who we believe will adapt well to Canada West soccer and contribute early in his career.”
Brazinha won a Metro provincial title in 2018 and finished second in the BC Soccer Premier League last year with Metro Ford.
With Riverside, he won two Fraser North District banners and a fourth place finish at the 2021 Provincial High School Championships.
“I chose UFV because I see a lot of great things happening with this team and I want to be part of its success now and for many years to come,” said Brazinha, who will be pursuing a degree in criminal justice. .
“I see this as the best next step for me in terms of my football career and my studies.”
Meanwhile, Luciana Andrews of Coquitlam hopes to add depth on the wing with the UFV women’s soccer team next season.
She led St. Thomas More to the 2019 BC AA Senior Women’s Soccer title and will also represent Coquitlam Metro-Ford’s continuing roster of graduates on the Canada West field.
According to head coach Niko Marcina, Andrews isn’t afraid to get in close and throw long kicks towards the opposing team’s net.
“Luciana has the ability to attack players and cross the ball with both feet. She also has the unique ability to score goals from different distances which will hopefully add a lot of attacking presence to our squad this season.”
Andrews was also named a tournament star at Centennial Secondary’s launch event in March.
While aiming to earn a business administration degree in the classroom, she hopes to add to a budding program not far from her home.
“I chose UFV because it has a strong, competitive women’s soccer program and will provide me with a quality post-secondary education,” Andrews said.
“I hope to grow both on and off the pitch while creating lasting friendships. I want to have an immediate impact on the team and contribute to the success of the program.”