By Jessica Kozlowski, University of Calgary
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer team scratched out a 2-0 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the Dinos’ third of the season and improves them to 3-2-3 on the year. Winnipeg falls to 1-6-1 with the loss
The Dinos and Wesmen started off with high intensity, and both teams had solid defense set up to prevent any goals from being scored. In the 17th minute, Nicole Seavers from the Winnipeg Wesmen found a moment to break past the Dinos defense and shot from just outside the 10-yard box. Unfortunately, the ball flew straight into the hands of Dinos keeper, Lauren Houghton.
In the 19th minute, Maddison Fritze had an incredible breakaway that led her straight to her fifth goal of the season, beating the Wesmen ‘keeper to the bottom left. In the 44th minute, Fritze had an another chance for a goal, but her shot curved right and ended up on the outside of the right post.
The Dinos tallied again in the second half, when Monika Christian’s free kick found its way to Montana Leonard, who made no mistake for her second goal of the season on the 50th minute.
Dinos forward Amy Mikuska had a wonderful breakaway from the center of the pitch, and all the way down the left wing in the 73rd minute. Her shot was headed toward the middle of the net before Wesmen ‘keeper Dutiaume got in front of it.
Calgary put 12 shots toward the Wesmen goal, while Winnipeg responded with seven of their own. Houghton and her Wesmen counterpart Emma Dutiaume each recorded four saves, with Houghton picking up her fifth shutout of the season. As a team, the Dinos have allowed just three goals through the 2017 campaign.
The Wesmen stay in Winnipeg next weekend to take on the Manitoba Bisons in a home and home series. Saturday at the U of M and Sunday in the Annual Duckworth Challenge match at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex at 2:00 p.m.