Fifth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer player Niko Saler is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his play at the CIS national championship tournament at the University of Guelph.
In the final games of his university soccer career, Saler notched two goals and an assist to help lead the U of A to the national championship banner and trophy. It was Alberta’s fifth national title in program history, and first since 2006. The three points also bumped Saler’s playoff production to five playoff points in six post-season matches.
He scored a pair of goals from free kicks in the national championship quarterfinal, leading the Bears to a 2-0 win over the two-time defending national champion York Lions, and then he added an assist on the game winning goal in the gold medal final when his corner kick was met by Ajay Khabra for the 1-0 finish.
Saler was also a Canada West all-star and a national all-Canadian this season after finishing with 11 points, including seven assists, in the conference season.
By Matt Gutsch on November 14, 2016