Costa’s Penalty Lifts the ‘Horns to First Win of the Season


Nicole Betker – Huskies Media

September 15, 2013, Lethbridge, AB (ISN) – Midfielder Guilherme Costa’s game winning goal from the penalty spot in the 64th minute lifted the Lethbridge Pronghorns to their first win of the season, 2-1 over the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies.

Shlomo Swan-Azman scored the other Pronghorn goal while Brandon Holmes replied for the Huskies.

The ‘Horns rebounded from a 1-0 loss yesterday to split the weekend series with the Huskies and improve to 1-3-0 on the season. Today’s loss was also the first of the season for the Huskies and they fall to 3-1-0.

Holmes opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a 25-yard strike to the bottom left corner, just out of the reach of diving ‘Horns keeper Peter Desmond.

Only four minutes later it looked as if the Huskies would double their lead. With Desmond out of position, Jordian Farahani sent a header toward the open net but ‘Horns defender Conner Brady scrambled back and headed the ball over the net to keep the ‘Horns within one.

The ‘Horns were able to answer back in the 38th minute during a scramble in the Huskie penalty area. Swan-Azman found the ball in the crowd and knocked it off the far post and in.

Straight off the next kick-off, the Huskies were drastically close to regaining their lead but Farahani’s header hit the post and the rebound was swallowed up by Desmond.

At the half the Huskies held a distinct advantage in the shot attempt department (14-4) but the Huskies hit the net on only four of the attempts while the ‘Horns only missed the mark once.

The Huskies started the second half attempting to establish some early pressure against the wind and Holmes nearly got his second of the match but his shot went just wide in the 55th minute.

In the 64th minute the ‘Horns received a fortunate bounce when a cross from the wing led to a Huskie hand ball. That set up Costa with the penalty kick and he fooled Huskie keeper Michal Bandula, who dove to his right as Costa potted the ball left.

After the go ahead goal the ‘Horns went into a defensive posture trying to maintain their lead and were aided by timely blocked shots by Morgan Brownjohn and Scott Slomp to keep the Huskie attack at bay.

As hard as they pushed for the final 20 minutes the Huskies were unable to get an equalizer. Luigi Bekwayo narrowly missed in the 78th minute and Farahani had another chance all alone in extra time but his shot sailed high.

Desmond earned his first win in a Pronghorn jersey, making six saves, while his counterpart Bandula finished the day with five saves.

The ‘Horns will head out on the road next weekend, traveling to Edmonton to face the Alberta Golden Bears for a pair of games while the Huskies return home to face the Calgary Dinos for a two game set in Saskatoon.

Scott Harrigan
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