By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant
September 14, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies earned their third straight victory to open the season with a 2-1 win over the University of Regina Cougars Saturday in Saskatoon.
The game winning goal in the 81st minute came off the head of Nicholle Morrison from an Erica Parenteau corner kick.
Morrison came into the game in the 71st minute and helped spark the Huskie offence for a late goal to keep her team undefeated.
With the win, Saskatchewan moves to 3-0 to stay at the top of the Canada West early standings. Regina drops to 2-1.
Jenelle Zapski opened the scoring for the Huskies in the 35th minute with her third goal of the season. Zapski corralled a pass from Ali Goodman before turning to fire it to the back of the net.
Saskatchewan dominated possession of the ball in the first half and sent eight shots toward the Regina net. Cougar keeper Kacey McFee was solid in the first half getting a piece of two Zapski shots that could have extended the Huskie lead.
Regina’s best chance to score came in the 45th minute on a Meagan Cormier free kick. The ball, sent in from the 18 yard line, grazed the crossbar and deflected high keeping the score 1-0 heading into halftime.
Saskatchewan came out strong again to start the second. Nine minutes into the half midfielder Leanne Mylymok sent a shot off the crossbar and Morrison ricocheted the ball off of two Cougar defenders before McFee corralled it.
Regina began to push back midway through the second half. Cormier was left alone in front with an opportunity to even the game in the 60th minute, but keeper Cara Santaga was in the right position to make the save.
The Cougars would finally break through after Morrisons 81st minute goal with one of their own. Cormier’s free kick sailed just over Santaga’s outstretched arm to pull the visitors within one.
Regina could not find the equalizer late in the match as the Saskatchewan defence would tighten up, turning away any Cougar opportunities.
Santaga recorded four saves for the Huskies, while McFee had two for the Cougars. The Huskies outshot the Cougars 14-7 in the match.
Regina will head home to take on the UBC Thunderbirds and the Trinity Western University Spartans next weekend, while Saskatchewan will face the same teams on opposite days.