Info from the University of Winnipeg:
Women’s Soccer pick up pair of hard fought points with ties on a frosty weekend
The women’s soccer team closed the home portion of their regular season at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex over the weekend. Friday night the Wesmen scored in the 25th minute, only to see MacEwan claw one back late in the first half. Both teams had second half chances for the win, only to see the two defenses hold on resiliently. Wesmen keeper Madie Fordyce turned aside nine Griffin shots to secure the vital point. Midfielder Tyler Johnson saw her strike from outside the 18 yard box curl in to the top corner of the MacEwan goal and the Wesmen looked to be on their way to victory before Kaylin Hermanutz had a touch in the box off a Griffin cross to tie the score. The tie kept the hosts in the battle for the 6th and final playoff spot in the Canada West Prairie Division heading into their matchup with UNBC.
On Saturday, UNBC came across town to face the Wesmen on a chilly night that saw the temperature dip to only 2 degrees at kickoff. The Timberwolves had knocked off the Bisons the night before and were looking for a sweep. Keeper Madie Fordyce and her defensive crew had other plans and held tightly, turning in a clean sheet. Fordyce wasn’t as busy on Saturday, but made an outstanding save in the 89th minute, pushing a Wolves half-volley off the bar to preserve the point. Both teams battled the conditions and played an entertaining game, with strong play from both defences. Saturday also saw senior Wesmen athletes Rachel Dunsmore’s and Inga Christianson’s last home games with the program. Dunsmore, a versatile athlete, has played every position outside of keeper in her five seasons and Christianson is a midfielder and former team captain who is out of the lineup with an injury. This weekend the team will travel to Saskatchewan where they will face the Cougars in Regina Saturday and then travel to Saskatoon to face the Huskies on Sunday to close out the regular season.
Volleyball teams close out non-conference schedule on the road in Calgary and Brandon
Both Wesmen volleyball teams closed out their preseason schedules on the road in preparation for the start of the regular season on Friday Oct. 20th in Calgary versus Mount Royal. On the women’s side, coach Diane Scott played a wide variety of lineups in three matches in Brandon. Two were against the host Bobcats with the Wesmen dropping a three setter on Friday and then another on Saturday night. Earlier in the day the Wesmen dropped a hard fought four setter to the Regina Cougars. The team will now focus on the start of the regular season.
On the men’s side, coach Larry MacKay and his charges were 3-1 at the Dino Cup in Calgary. On Friday the Wesmen dropped a five setter to the TRU Wolfpack (25-22,25-22,20-25,19-25,15-12). They followed this with three victories; 3-2 over the host Dinos (23-25,25-23,25-15,22-25,15-12); 3-1 versus the Alberta Golden Bears (25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22) and 3-1 against Saskatchewan Huskies (25-21, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20). Winnipeg will return to Calgary this weekend where they will open the Canada West season vs the Mount Royal Cougars.
Women’s Basketball team venture to Newfoundland for three game series
Coach Tanya Mackay and her Wesmen took advantage of the new fall break to venture across the country to St. John’s as they continue to prepare for the 2017-2018 Canada West season. Nursing a number of injuries the team was short-handed, travelling with only 9 athletes. The Wesmen battled the Ryerson Rams on Thursday, dropping an 81-63 decision. Four Wesmen hit double figures, with Antoinette Miller leading the way with 18, freshmen Paige Davies had 11 and Faith Hezekiah and Skylar Boulanger both added 10. On Friday the Wesmen dropped a close decision to Canada West foe, the Alberta Pandas( 73-69). The Wesmen were up going into the 4th only to run out of gas down the stretch. Freshmen Robyn Boulanger led the way with a career high 23, Miller added 19 and Skylar Boulanger added 16. On Saturday the Wesmen dropped the host Seahawks 90-78. Hezekiah led the way with 27, Miller, with a third strong game, had 22 and the Boulanger sisters added 16 and 15, with big sister Skylar topping Robyn by one.
This weekend the Wesmen will once again be on the road as they close out their nonconference schedule. Their destination is a little closer as the team will compete at the IGAC centre on the campus of the University of Manitoba.
Men’s Basketball to host Lea Marc Printing Shootout
Men’s basketball was off this past weekend and hosts the Lea Marc Printing Shootout at the Duckworth Centre on Friday and Saturday. The Wesmen will open the tournament as they host the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Friday and the Brandon Bobcats on Saturday. Both games start at 6pm.