Written by Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Student Assistant
August 31, 2013 (ISN) – University of Saskatchewan striker Brett Levis tallied two second half goals to push the Huskies past the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen 2-1 in the first Canada West match of the season Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon in Field 7 in PotashCorp Park.
Levis’ second goal of the match in the 85th minute would be the difference maker. The 2012 CIS Second Team All-Canadian outran two Wesmen defenders to track down a pass from Mathew Gillot before putting a shot of the left post and in.
Levis was the player of the match for the Huskies after recording ten shots, five on goal. Winnipeg keeper Tyson Farago was the top player on the other side with seven saves.
The Winnipeg Wesmen opened the scoring early with a second minute goal when Ross Pinhammer chipped the ball just over the head of Huskie keeper Michal Bandula.
Winnipeg’s Kenny Sacramento had two opportunities in the first half, but Bandula and the Huskie defenders would keep the door shut.
The Huskies had their share of chances in the first highlighted by a Levis shot to the top left corner forcing Farago to make the diving save.
Saskatchewan pushed hard for the equalizer in the second half outshooting the Wesmen 12-2 in the second half. Huskie captain Brandon Holmes thought he had tied the match but a Winnipeg defender cleared the rebound shot away just before it could cross the line.
In the 78th minute, the offensive pressure of the Huskies paid off. Levis netted his first goal of the match after two quick passes by Mitch Bauche and Garrett Peters got him the ball in front of the Wesmen goal.
Winnipeg will host the Mount Royal Cougars at home next weekend, while Saskatchewan will travel to play the UNBC Timberwolves on Friday.