Soccer Dinos Aim to Remain Undefeated


By Lindsay Franco; Dinos Communications

September 13, 2013, Calgary, AB – While the Dinos men’s soccer team swept Lethbridge last weekend, the women’s team picked up a win over Mount Royal and a big tie with Alberta to earn unblemished records after the opening weekend of the season.

In hopes of remaining undefeated, the men’s team will host a doubleheader against the Alberta Golden Bears while the women’s team will host the Manitoba Bisons on Saturday followed by a game against the Winnipeg Wesmen on Sunday.

The Dinos will take to McMahon Stadium on Saturday with the women taking the field at 11 a.m. followed by the men at 1:15 p.m. On Sunday, both teams return to West Varsity Pitch with game times pushed back an hour. Saturday’s games are part of a KICKOFF tripleheader at McMahon Stadium, with the traditional football game against the Saskatchewan Huskies following at 5 p.m.

On the men’s side, the Dinos take on the Alberta Golden Bears. Despite having played only one game, resulting in a tie, the Bears go into this weekend ranked No. 6 in the country. Last Sunday the Bears tied UNBC in a 1-1 draw for their only game of the season thus far.

For the Dinos, their opening weekend was a successful one. On a gloomy Saturday afternoon against the Lethbridge Pronghorns, the Dinos home opener saw three different players score goals in the game. Jaron Broom got his first as a Dino and veterans John Troncoso and Izak Lawrence netted their own. Michael McKinnon, Kieran Lane-Oppenheim and Tom Widdowson added the assists. The Dinos won their first game of the season 3-2.

In the second game of the home-and-away series with the Pronghorns, Lawrence scored the lone goal of the game to give the Dinos a 2-0 start to the season.

Lawrence’s two game winning goals earned him the Canada West first star of the week honours.

For the women, the Dinos will face two different teams this weekend, both with 0-2 records, and both hungry for their first win of the season.

September 7 not only marked the opening game for the Dinos women’s soccer team, but also the first game for newly appointed head coach Troye Flannery.

In his first game at the helm, Flannery led the Dinos to a win in the first installment of the Crowchild Classic. The Dinos were able to score three goals in the contest, and allow just one to win it. Goal scorers included rookies Kira Lee and Jordan Smith, as well as fifth year veteran Tessa Miller to win it 3-1.

On Sunday the Dinos traveled to Edmonton to take on their provincial rivals, the Alberta Pandas. After giving up three goals in the first half of the game, the Dinos has their work cut out for them. Despite the deficit, Smith scored her second of the weekend in the 66th minute. Calgary’s next two goals were own goals from Alberta, just six minutes apart, tying the game up at three. The Dinos ended their weekend with an undefeated record of 1-0-1.

The Dinos men’s soccer team will be on the road next weekend when they travel to Saskatoon in a big match-up with the Saskatchewan Huskies in a doubleheader, Sept. 21-22.

Next up for the Dinos women’s team will be a game against the UNBC Timberwolves as they host them on Sept. 22 in their only game next week.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.