October 11, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – With four matches remaining in the Canada West schedule, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s soccer team has their eyes set on locking down a playoff spot.
The University of Alberta Pandas visit Saskatoon on Saturday, followed by the Mount Royal Cougars on Sunday. The matches will be the last at home for Huskie women’s soccer this season.
Entering the weekend, the Huskies (4-4), in seventh place, narrowly hold on to one of eight playoff positions. The undefeated Alberta Pandas (5-0-3) hold down fifth place, while Mount Royal (0-5-3) sits in 11th. Two wins would secure the Huskies a spot in the postseason. Alberta needs just one.
Last weekend, the Huskies earned a jump with a 2-1 upset win over the first-place and undefeated Victoria Vikes. They rounded out the weekend with a 2-0 loss to the Fraser Valley Cascades. The Huskies will look to strikers Lindsay Manz and Erica Hindmarsh, as well as captains Leanne Mylymok and Daniela Fuenzalida to help provide an offensive spark to get their team to the playoffs.
Alberta also enters the weekend after an upset 2-0 shutout of the Trinity Western Spartans. The Pandas also played to a tie with UBC. Kayla Michaels and Carleigh Miller lead Alberta in offence. Michaels has tallied an impressive eight goals, while Miller has notched four. Kelti Biggs has started all eight matches this season allowing just three goals.
Although winless, Mount Royal has played some tight games this season including a 3-1 loss to Alberta earlier in the season. Kelsey Kinzner has scored twice for the Cougars, while Kristen Bloom, Karlee Hodl and Caitlin Specht each have scored. Kelsey Markland has played in all eight matches for the Cougars making 58 saves.
Match time is Noon both Saturday and Sunday at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park. For tickets, call 966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca
Match Notes: Former Huskie men’s soccer star Tino Fusco is the head coach for the Mount Royal Cougars… The Huskies will host a Play For A Cure event at Saturday’s men’s and women’s matches. Money raised at the event will be donated to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in memory of Heather Stearn. Heather Stearn played with the Huskies from 1998 to 2002. She lost her lengthy battle withcancer on January 8, 2012. Fans are wearing pink in honour of Heather’s favourite colour. The soccer teams are donning pink in the warm up prior to the matches. A table will be set up at the games with information, and volunteers will be accepting donations.