Cormier’s goal gives Regina Cougars win in Women’s Soccer Opener

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REGINA, Sask. – Meagan Cormier’s goal in the 31st minute was the only scoring of the contest as the University of Regina’s women’s soccer team took a 1-0 home win over Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon in the first Canada West game of the season for both teams.

The goal came following a high lob chipped through by second-year defender Racquel Marshall. Cormier took the long pass off the bounce and chipped it by Saskatchewan goalkeeper Marissa Struik to notch the third game-winning goal of her career.

Stephanie Possberg made seven saves to secure her first CIS shutout for the Cougars, who improve to 1-0-0 with the victory.

Cormier was on the ball all match long, leading all players with nine shot attempts. She had a great opportunity to extend the U of R’s lead to two early in the second half when she broke in with Tayler Firth, but sent the shot wide of the mark.

Erica Hindmarsh had Saskatchewan’s best opportunities to knot the game at one apiece, including in the 51st minute when she fired at the top corner but had it tipped wide by Possberg. Hindmarsh almost tied it up in the 71st minute, but her shot from 20 yards out bounced off the top of the bar after being deflected by Possberg.

Cormier had one final chance for an insurance goal in extra time, but Struik made the save on the initial attempt and also came up with the stop on Cormier’s weak attempt on the rebound.

Struik also made seven saves for Saskatchewan (0-1-0), while Hindmarsh led the Huskies with four shot attempts. The Huskies held a 9-8 advantage over the Cougars in corner kicks, with Regina holding a slim 16-14 edge in shot attempts.

Both Regina and Saskatchewan will host Manitoba and Winnipeg next weekend. The Cougars will entertain the Bisons on Saturday and play host to the Wesmen on Sunday, with both games scheduled for a noon kickoff at the U of R Field.

NOTES: Deanna Dartige, Kayla McDonald, and Karlee Vorrieter all made their University of Regina debuts as second-half subs.

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