September 12, 2012, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies Women’s Soccer team will hit the pitch at home for the first time in the 2012 schedule looking to avenge a season opening loss.
Saskatchewan opened the Canada West season with a 1-0 loss to provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars last weekend. The Huskies will look to turn the tides with matches against the Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday and Manitoba Bisons Sunday.
Manitoba sits atop of the early conference standings after opening the season with two shutout victories defeating the Wesmen 1-0 and the new UNBC Timberwolves 11-0. Winnipeg added a 0-0 draw against the Timberwolves to their weekend opening record.
Winnipeg is one of three new teams in women’s soccer in 2012. They enter as back-to-back MCAC (Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference) champions, finishing 2011 with a perfect 8-0 season. Sheri Hince, 2011 MCACregular season and postseason MVP, will lead the Wesmen, along with co-captain and midfielder Serafina Trunzo.
Under the helm of a new coach, the Manitoba Bisons will also look to capture one of the extra playoff spots in 2012. The Bisons entered the season looking for more offence and found it on the first weekend of play. After scoring 12 goals on the weekend, four Bisons have three or more points including Gillian Sidon, Dena Yaghi and Daniella Scerbo with three goals apiece. Alison Kastner also provided big offence with two goals and three assists.
The loss to Regina was a disappointing start to the season for the Huskies, who have their sights set on playoffs. Saskatchewan will look to veteran dynamic midfielders Daniela Fuenzalida and Leanne Mylymok, as well as veteran striker Lindsay Manz to get them in the win column on the weekend. New Huskies Nicholle Morrison, Erica Hindmarsh and Meagan Manson will also be looked at to make a difference.
Match time is 12pm both Saturday and Sunday at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park. For tickets, call 966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca
Match Notes: Huskie Athletics is proud to welcome home 2012 Olympian Kaylyn Kyle to Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park. Kyle will be at Sunday’s men’s and women’s soccer matches. With her Olympic bronze medal in tote, Kyle will sign autographs at halftime of each of the games in a tent near the front entrances of each facility. She will also take part in a special opening ceremonies at both matches.