Article Written by: Sheldon Appelle
WINNIPEG, Man – First year midfielder Megan Ripplinger scored a pair of second half goals to lead the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 3-2 regular season opening victory over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Friday evening at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex in Winnipeg.
Ripplinger scored her goals late in the contest (86’and 88’minutes). Jasmine Crump opened the scoring for the Huskies in the 55th minute.
Both teams went into the halftime break with zero’s on the score board.
The Huskies (1-0-0) had 17 total shots compared to nine for the Wesmen (0-1-0).
Wesmen goalkeeper Madison Fordyce, playing in her first ever USPORTS regular season contest made seven saves for the Wesmen. Fifth year goalkeeper Kyleigh Vause made four saves for the Huskies.
The Huskies attempted eight corner kicks. Winnipeg had two in the contest.
“We were disappointed with our result as we felt like we could of come away with points tonight. On a positive note, players like Maeghan Lindsay and Jamila Calvez stepped up as leaders. However we need other players to step up and contribute. Madison Fordyce was excellent for us tonight in goal. We were moving the ball well in transition which was nice to see. We had two defensive break downs that cost us the game. We will use this game as momentum and be ready for Regina tomorrow”, said Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson.
The Huskies will take on the University of Manitoba Bisons on Saturday. Winnipeg will take on the University of Regina Cougars Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.