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No. 4 Alberta 3, No. 1 Trinity Western 2 Final
LANGLEY, B.C – The Trinity Western women's soccer team's 10 game Canada West home winning streak, dating back to last season, came to halt Saturday evening as the Spartans lost 3-2 to the Alberta Pandas at Rogers Park.
The closely contested match, one that pitted the top two teams in Canada West, came down to the wire as Alberta's Heather Lund capitalized on a Trinity Western mistake and buried her breakaway opportunity in the 90th minute to give the Pandas the victory.
The win leaves No. 4 ranked Alberta alone at the top of the CW standings with a 6-0-0 record, while the loss drops No. 1 ranked Trinity Western's record to 5-1-0.
"It was a good game and a good battle between two good teams," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "We didn't play very well tonight. I thought they defended very well. They have some dangerous players and I thought we contained them well for the most part. We made a few mistakes tonight and their good players punished us."
The game, which featured the two best defensive teams in CW – both of which came into the game having only allowed one goal total in five games this year – was a tightly defended affair as both teams were wary of making even the smallest of mistakes.
It took until the 39th minute before the game's first goal was scored and it was the Spartans Melissa Mobilio who cracked a penalty kick to the top right corner past a diving Kelti Biggs.
But the lead was short lived as just over five minutes later, and with the halftime whistle looming, Alberta's Keshia Wallin let loose a brilliant free kick from just beyond twenty yards that bent past the TWU wall and found its way to the back of the net just inside the left post and just beyond the reach of Spartans goalie Veronika Rogina
For Rogina, it was her first goal allowed in the regular season.
The play opened up a bit as the clock neared the 60th minute as the Pandas Danika Miller put Alberta up 2-1 when, from the top of the 18-yard box, she surprised Rogina with a low shot to the left corner.
But just over a minute later, the Spartans replied as TWU's Rebecca Ferguson hit a streaking Daniela Gerig in the area and the Spartans striker deftly tipped the ball into the net to knot the score at 2-2.
The game looked destined draw as the teams cautiously played the latter stages of the second half.
That is until Lund donned the heroic cape and ended a long run
of Spartan success at Rogers Park by giving Alberta their third
goal of the night and sending TWU to the showers with no points to
show for their effort.
"I thought we were a bit flat and maybe didn't have the energy we should have had," Roxburgh said. "Credit to [Alberta]. They were determined. They won a bit more of the battles. They have a few players that given time and space, they'll capitalize. You saw that on the final goal. Heather [Lund] is a quality finisher and scored a nice goal."
While the total shots were even, with eight each, the possession favoured the feet of Trinity Western. But it was a brick wall effort from Alberta's back line, notably Shalla Kadima and keeper Biggs that snuffed out many of the Spartans offensive possibilities.
Trinity Western's Rogina suffered her first loss of the season, making two saves in the process, while Alberta's Biggs didn't have to make a single save en route to her sixth win of the year.
Next up for TWU will be a contest at Victoria on Oct. 2 followed by a trip to Fraser Valley on Oct. 3.
Match Notes: Trinity Western's Jenna DiNunzio picked up her first yellow card as a Spartan as she was booked in the 77th minute...Alberta had the edge in shots on goal 5-2...The Spartans had 16 fouls to Alberta's 9.
Source: Trinity Western Sports Info
No. 5 UBC 3, Saskatchewan 1 Final
VANCOUVER - The No.5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds rebounded from their first loss in fine fashion as they downed the Saskachewan Huskies 3-1 at Thunderbird Park. Janine Frazao's team-leading sixth goal stood up as the winner as her second-half marker ensured the T-Birds ended their four-game homestand on a high note.
The Thunderbirds (4-1-1) attacked persistently and with purpose throughout the match keeping the Huskies (1-4-1) off-balance with their speed and well placed passes. This was exemplified on UBC's first goal when Carmen Lindsay beat a Huskies defender and went in clear down the right side. The veteran midfielder then sent a perfect cross into Natalie Hirayama who put enough pace on the ball to deflect it off the keeper and inside the near post.
UBC head coach Mark Rogers was pleased with his team's effort on Saturday.
"Our girls worked their butts off. They turned away (the Huskies) chances and were rewarded for their hard work", said Rogers.
The eventual winner came in the 63rd minute off of a sight seen too often so far this year for the T-Birds. Lisa Furutani received the ball and sent a rising shot towards the goal only to see it meet the crossbar, however, Frazao was there to head home the rebound and push the T-Birds' lead to 2-0.
Saskatchewan had their chances to get on the scoreboard in the first half as Jamie LeMay found herself behind the UBC on three separate occasion. Each of her efforts were turned aside by relentless UBC defending or by solid saves by T-Bird keeper Meghan Best who had one of her strongest games of the season.
The visitors best chance came in the ninth minute when LeMay was in alone on the right flank and had a clear shot on net but Best played the angle well and was able to dive to her right and stop the shot labeled for the far corner.
The T-Birds added an insurance marker in the 69th minute when Rachel Sawer received a ball over the top and eluded the Huskies' defence before firing a low strike inside the far post.
Rogers was happy to see his team find the net. He believes their full potential has yet to be realized.
"We were able to find the net tonight but we have to improve our conversion. We need to learn to be more ruthless around the opposing team's goal and we need to learn that lesson quickly", said Rogers.
Saskatchewan ended Best's bid at a clean sheet in the 89th minute. A through ball found LeMay but the striker was again thwarted by Best, however, the rebound fell to midfielder Daniela Fuenzalida who fired the ball into the vacant UBC goal.
Source: UBC Sports Info
Acadia 1 Memorial 1 Final
In women's action the difference maker turned out to be an early substitution. In the 22' Coach Mavin opted to put in #7 Maxine Morris, another striker into the starting 11. This move paid dividends as the women's offensive kicked it into full gear after her insertion. However, it was still a back and forth battle up to the half. Early in the second half #8 Sara Reid from Acadia opened up the scoring with a goal in the 49'. Quickly after in the 50' Maxine Morris caught #10 Alex White-Dzuro's pass from midfield for the breakaway, and was easily able to trickle one past the goalkeeper from Acadia. When the game was winding down, a nail-biting moment occurred when an Axewomen shot hit the crossbar. After the game Coach Mavin stated that he was very pleased with the women's effort compared to the first two games. In the second half the Sea~Hawks improved greatly on their offensive chance and kept the larger portion of possession. End score 1-1 draw.
Laurentian 3 RMC 0 Final
KINGSTON, Ont. - The Laurentian Lady Vees soccer team extended their winning streak to three games on Saturday, September 25 against the RMC Paladins with a 3-0 win.
Michelle Philp (Toronto, On.) registered her third straight shutout in a game mostly dominated by the Lady Vees. Laurentian created a lot of opportunities and had constant pressure on the RMC Paladins, which lead to their first goal on a corner kick volley from Crytstal-Ann Hacket (Mississauga, On.).
From then on the Lady Vees kept on persisting, which resulted in two more goals. The second goal of the game came off the foot of Lisa Watson (Newmarket, On.) when she scored on a shot from the center. The final goal of the game was netted by Leanne Adams (Mississauga, On.) when she scored on a beautiful free kick. She played very well and was subsequently named player of the game.
"[The] team as a whole played very strongly," said head coach Rob Gallo. "We're very proud of their efforts today and we look forward to seeing how they play tomorrow."
The Lady Vees will have very little time to rest as they face the seventh ranked Queen's Gaels on September 26. Game time is set for 12:00PM followed by the Voyageurs at 2:15PM. Follow your Lady Vees online at www.luvoyageurs.com
Source: Eric Lachapelle, Laurentian Sports Info
No. 7 Queen's 3, Nipissing 2 Final
KINGSTON, Ont. – Jacqueline Tessier, of Winnipeg Man., scored two goals in the second half to lead the No. 7 Queen's Gaels to a come-from-behind victory over the Nipissing Lakers Saturday afternoon at Tindall Field.
Nipissing took the lead with a goal midway through the first half, but within minutes Kelli Chamberlain, of North Bay, Ont., had a goal of her own to tie the score up 1-1. In the dying seconds of the first half Nipissing striker, Nicole Arromba, of Bradford Ont., was able to find the back of the net and gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead at half time.
The second half was Tessier's time to shine. Midway through the second half Tessier scored to tie the game up. Tessier scored her second of the game later in the half to give the Gaels a 3-2 they would not relinquish.
Tessier continues to lead the CIS in scoring with 12 goals, and is already just two goals shy of beating last season's OUA scoring leader who finished with 14 goals.
The Gaels' win improves their record to 6-1-0 and they have not lost to the Lakers since September 13, 2008.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
Western 1 McMaster 0 Final
LONDON, Ont. - The Western Mustangs women's soccer team improved to 2-3-2 and fourth place in the OUA West with a 1-0 win over McMaster.
Melanie Oberholzer made eight saves for the shutout and Courtney Stocks scored the game's only goal in the 69th minute to give Western the victory.
Stocks connected on a great bounce off a free-kick delivered to
the six-yard box by teammate Chantal Blais.
After a couple of bounces, Stocks hammered in a rebound off a bounce for the game's lone goal.
Oberholzer made two great second-half saves.
Her first was on a Robin Mawson shot seven minutes into the half. She also robbed Samatha McLaren late in the game, preserving the shutout by making a great acrobatic save off a header on a corner kick. McMaster failed to convert on any of their six corners.
Source: Western Sports Info
No. 9 Ottawa 5, Trent 0 Final
The Gee-Gees add another shut-out win to their season record after a 5-0 win over the Trent Excalibur at Trent University on Saturday afternoon.
Fifth-year midfielder and team captain Élise Desjardins, Cumberland, Ont., scored the game winning goal for the garnet and grey in the fifteenth minute of play, while third-year midfielder Tara Condos, Strathroy, Ont., went on to score her first goal of the season with four minutes left in the half to bring the score to 2-0 going into halftime.
Opening up the scoring in the second half with back-to-back goals was second-year striker Christine Hardie, Pictou, N.S. With a minute left in the game, first-year defenceman Marie-Elyse McGuire, Ottawa, Ont., would also go on to score her first game of the season to contribute to the team's 5-0 victory.
"Overall, the game went well and everyone played a half," said head coach Steve Johnson. "It was a full team effort in today's win. Offensively we played really strong; defensively, the focus was still there and our players made disciplined decisions."
Johnson went on to add that tomorrow's game against Ryerson will be a difficult one, as "they have some strong players up front such as Andrea Raso and Caleigh Copeland, so we will have to be aware of them."
The Rams defeated Trent 3-1 this past Wednesday, September 22.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
Carleton 0 Toronto 0 Final
TORONTO - For the second consecutive game, the Varsity Blues women's soccer team recorded a 0-0 tie, this time against the Carleton Ravens on Saturday, September 25 at Varsity Centre.
With the draw, the Blues are 3-1-3 and sit in third place, while the Carleton Ravens (1-2-2) remain in seventh place in the OUA East divison.
Toronto controlled the majority of the game; however, neither team generated many solid scoring opportunities. Jessica Fantozzi of Richmond Hill, Ont., recorded a game-high two shots on goal, however, could not solve Carleton goalkeeper Rachel Bedek (St. Thomas, Ont.).
The Blues best chance came in the 82nd minute when leading scorer Kate Crowley (Londont, Ont.) jumped on a Laura Machado (Mississauga, Ont.) rebound, but the ball sailed over the net.
The Varsity Blues return to action next Saturday, October 2 when they travel to the nation's capital to take on the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Source: Toronto Sports Info
Calgary 3 Manitoba 1 Final
CALGARY – Three second-half goals propelled the University of Calgary Dinos to a 3-1 comeback victory over the University of Manitoba Bisons Saturday at West Varsity Soccer Pitch.
Morena Ianniello, Caitlin Milne, and Lindsay Burrowes all tallied for the Dinos to lead them to their first victory of the season.
Sarah Haiko scored for the Bisons, who drop to 0-3-2.
The Bisons opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Manitoba's Carrie Nash intercepted a Dinos corner and dashed down the length of the field to win the Bisons a corner of their own. Nash then curled in a cross that found the head of Haiko, who deflected it past Dinos goalkeeper Kristen Barton to give Manitoba an early lead.
The remainder of the first half was dominated by Calgary. The Dinos utilized great ball control in the offensive zone to earn corner kick after corner kick, but struggled to convert their scoring opportunities into shots on goal.
Dinos head coach Robin Slot summarized his team's frustration from trailing at the half.
"We were a little unlucky," he said. "We hit a post, and had numerous other chances to score. We could have been leading."
Manitoba opened the second half seemingly content to defend their one goal lead. For the first fifteen minutes their strategy succeeded, as they denied the Dinos any space to move the ball and ground the pace of play to a near halt. Calgary's perseverance would not go unrewarded, however.
The Dinos equalized in the 66th minute when Ianniello raced down the left wing and fired a left-footed strike into the upper left corner behind Bisons goalkeeper Laura Harrison. The goal was personal justice for Ianniello, who up to that point had narrowly missed scoring several times.
Twelve minutes later, Milne gave the Dinos the lead when she slipped through the Manitoba defense and received an exquisite pass from Sheila Morrison. Milne converted the breakaway as she patiently waited for Harrison to show her hand before neatly sliding the ball into the right side of the net.
Burrowes put the game on ice when she volleyed home a cross from Tessa Miller in injury time.
"We deserved that win," a relieved Slot said. "We pressured their defense, got lots of scoring opportunities, and finally converted some in the final half-hour. I'm very pleased for the team."
Source: Calgary Sports Info
Lethbridge 2 Regina 1 Final
LETHBRIDGE, Alb. – For the first time in the young Canada West season the Lethbridge Pronghorns put forth a solid 90 minute performance at both ends of the field and were rewarded with a 2-1 win over the visiting Regina Cougars.
Rebounding from a poor performance the previous weekend, the Horns were solid from the start. Only 16 minutes in, midfielder Andrea Nippard had a wonderful chance to open the scoring. After beating a defender on the wing, her shot from the outside beat Cougar keeper Michelle Anderson, but not the crossbar.
Only minutes later, the Horns threatened again, with striker Sherry Latrace's cross found a sliding Janelle Groten but Anderson was equal to the task.
The Cougars had two chances to strike as well with a header from deep in the box sailing over the net and a miss played threw ball that hit the post before being cleared off the line by Horns freshman defender Jenna Kleebaum.
After being turned away earlier in the half, Groten opened the scoring in the 39th minute after her long range strike eluded Anderson into the top half of the net.
The second half started with a glorious Cougar opportunity but the bouncing cross was cleared off the line and out of danger by Horns defender Amy Schweitzer.
A fortunate bounce led to the Horns doubling their lead with Groten's cross deflecting off a Cougar defender and into the open side.
With the two goal deficit, the Cougars refused to quit and upped the pressure on the Horns defence for the remaining 24 minutes. Cougars held a 9-2 shot advantage in the half and after another Schweitzer clear off the line the Cougars were finally rewarded in the 80th minute.
Off a free kick from 30 yards, Taylor Firth's shot found the top left corner over the outstretched arms of Horns keeper Jaleesa Johnston.
For the final 10 minutes the Horns defence held strong, never allowing the Cougars to truly threaten.
With the win the Horns earn their first win of the season and improve to 1-4-0, while the Cougars fall to 1-3-1.
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info
Victoria 1 UFV 0 Final
VICTORIA – Rookie striker Jaclyn Sawicki scored in the 11th minute to lead the UVic Vikes women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Fraser Valley cascades in their home opener at Centennial Stadium.
Sporting pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer, the Vikes stayed undefeated with a 1-0 win in their home opener. Vikes 'keeper Stephanie Parker made four saves to record her first clean sheet of the season. Shots were 5-4 in favour of the Cascades.
"Jaclyn Sawicki had a very good game for us and looked dangerous in a few instances," Vikes head coach Tracy David said. "I think when you have a player of that caliber, we need to get her the ball more so she can weave her magic. It's always nice to come away with the win but we've got a lot of things to work on."
The win bumps the Vikes season record to 2-0-2 as they head into next weekend's double-header against mainland rivals Trinity Western and UBC. Kickoff against the TWU Spartans is scheduled for 12pm on October 2nd.
Source: Victoria Sports Info
StFX 1 Mount Allison 0 Final
Cape Breton 3, Saint Mary's 1 Final
Dalhousie 0, No. 10 UPEI 0 Final
No. 3 Laurier 3, Brock 1 Final
Guelph 1, Windsor 1 Final