Pandas tame Tigers 2-0, advance to fifth-place game at Nationals

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Earl Zukerman

MONTREAL (CIS) – Senior midfielder Carleigh Miller of St. Albert, Alta., scored once and set up another as the Alberta Pandas blanked Dalhousie the CIS women’s soccer championship consolation senifinal at Percival Molson Stadium, Friday.

Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/index

Alberta completely dominated the contest with a 29-4 advantage in shots toward the net, to go along with a 10-1 margin in corner kicks.

Miller set up All-Canadian Heather Lund, a fifth-year striker from Red Deer, Alta., with what proved to be the game-winner in the 38th minute of play. She then converted a pass from Kayla Michaels eight minutes in the second stanza to give the Pandas an insurance marker.

Goaltender Kelti Biggs, a sophomore from Spruce Grove, Alta., was called upon to make only one save to earn the shutout. Oakville native Taryn McKenna, her counterpart at the other end of the field, was named as the Tigers player of the game after registering a tournament-high 11 saves in a losing cause.

“We spoke about coming out with discipline around firepower, getting at the net and getting good shots off and we weren’t 100 per cent satisfied about that at halftime but I think the team responded by the end of the game and had some quality looks at net,” said Liz Jepsen, in her seventh season as head coach of the Pandas.

“We played, for the most part, pretty tidy soccer, and moved the ball around well. We weren’t able to make it through to the front side (of the tournament draw) yesterday but we’re still quite a fine team so I’m pleased with the performance.”

Elise Emmott, a senior midfielder from Edmonton, received player-of-the-game honours for Alberta.

Alberta, the Canada West finalist, will take on the winner of Friday night’s Laurier – Trinity Western game for fifth-place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Dalhousie, the AUS champions who were making their 12th CIS tourney appearance, went a disappointing 0-2 and dropped to 11-12-8 lifetime at the Nationals.

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