September 21, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – Goals by each team separated by five minutes early in the second half resulted in a 1-1 draw between the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the No. 3 Trinity Western University Spartans Saturday in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
Saskatchewan remains undefeated on the season at 3-0-1. Trinity Western moves to 1-1-2 with the draw.
The Spartans opened the scoring in the 55th minute from just outside the box on a free kick by Natalie Boyd. Boyd’s shot just cleared over the wall of Huskie defenders before it sailed into the top left corner of the net.
Saskatchewan was quick to respond with a free kick goal of their own. Erica Parenteau stepped up to take a free kick from 25 yards out on the right side of the field and beat the outstretched Spartan keeper Rachel Bedek to tie the match.
After the pair of goals both teams tightened the defence for most of the second half focusing more on ball possession than generating scoring opportunities.
The final minutes of the match saw both teams open up once again, pushing for the winning goal. The Huskies hit the cross bar twice in the final minutes. Captain Leanne Mylymok’s attempt in the 89th minute from just inside the box hit the bottom of the bar and landed right in the Spartan keeper’s hands.
The Spartans almost left Saskatchewan with a win, but Krista Gommeringer’s header was deflected off the crossbar and high in added time.
Although the Spartans controlled for much of the first half, the Huskies had their share of scoring chances.
Striker Jenelle Zapski was firing early and often at the Trinity Western goal. In the sixth minute the keeper easily handled a shot from outside and in the 45th Zapski’s attempt went just wide of the goal post off an Ali Goodman cross.
Trinity Western tested former teammate Cara Santaga in the Huskie net with two attempts from in close. Santaga was up for the challenge making diving stops on both chances.
Santaga made six saves for the Huskies, while Bedek recorded four saves on the day. Trinity Western outshot the Huskies 13-9 in the game.
Trinity Western will travel to Regina to take on the Cougars on Sunday, while Saskatchewan remains at home to take on the UBC Thunderbirds.
Saskatchewan tied Trinity Western for only the second time in program history (1-1 T, in 2005) on Saturday. The Huskies have never defeated the Spartans in Canada West conference play.