HUSKIES EXTEND FIRST PLACE LEAD
Oct 3,2014(ISN) – The No. 4 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies took one step closer to solidifying first place in the Canada West Prairie Division with a convincing 4-1 win over the visiting University of Alberta Golden Bears Friday afternoon on Field 7 in Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Park.
Entering the weekend, the Huskies held just a one-point advantage over the Golden Bears in the standings. With the win, Saskatchewan remains undefeated with a 6-0-1 record and has 19 points. Alberta drops to 4-2-3 to remain in second place with 15 points.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring in the 16th minute on a Brett Levis’ free kick that was headed by Garrett Peters into the top right corner. The Huskies added their second goal in the 37th minute on swift passing play up the middle by Peters and Levis. The ball was sent to midfielder Mitch Bauche, who flicked it onto Luigi Bekwayo’s foot. Bekwayo sent the ball into the top of the net for his first goal of the season.
The Golden Bears had a jump in the second half and cut the lead in half when a shot that bounced out of Huskie keeper Michal Bandula’s hands landed on the foot of CJ Gilroy. Gilroy easily sent the ball into the open net.
The goal seemed to give Alberta a jump. The Golden Bears had nine shots in the second half. But Huskie striker Bobbi Nicholat was sprung on a breakaway by Levis in the 79th minute breaking an Alberta rhythm. Nicholat’s shot sailed into the right side of the net past a sprawling Alberta keeper Connor James.
Huskie captain Jordian Farahani added the insurance goal in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick. The Golden Bears were called for a handball in the box.
Both teams registered 14 shots in the match.
The two rivals meet again Sunday at 2:15 p.m. on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park.