October 14, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – Two second half goals led the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 3-1 victory over the visiting University of Alberta Pandas Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
Tied at one after the first half, Huskies’ Jenelle Zapski and Nicholle Morrison were able to find the net in the 61st and 77th minutes for the victory.
With the win the Huskies move one step closer to clinching a playoff berth for the first time in history with a 5-4-0 record. The loss was the first of the season for the Pandas, who fall to 5-1-3. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan need just one more win to clinch one of the eight spots in the playoffs.
In the 14th minute, the Huskies and Pandas traded goals to tie the game at one. Saskatchewan’s Ali Goodman was broke free by Zapski to beat Alberta keeper Kelti Biggs with a shot straight into the net. Just seconds later, the Pandas created chaos in front of the Huskie net and Carleigh Miller was able to slide it by Huskie keeper Marissa Struik.
An unlucky bounce off an Alberta player’s head left Zapski alone with the ball in front of the keeper in the 61st minute. Her goal sailed just over the outstretched hands of Biggs.
In the 77th minute, the Huskies extended their lead to 3-1 after Biggs left the box to collect the ball. But Nicholle Morrison was able to beat the keeper and pot the ball into the wide open net.
Biggs made two saves in the loss for the Pandas, while Struik made six at the other end of the pitch for the Huskies. Alberta outshot the Huskies 12-8.
The Huskies remain at home to host the Mount Royal Cougars Sunday. It will be the final home match of the season. Alberta travels to Regina to meet the Regina Cougars.