The University of Saskatchewan Huskies downed the visiting MacEwan University Griffins 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon in a rematch of last year’s Canada West quarter-final.
Carmen Gorlick and Erica Parenteau were the Huskie goal scorers helping Saskatchewan improve to 5-1 on the season. With the loss MacEwan drops to 2-3-1 in 2015.
Gorlick got the Huskies on the board in the match’s 14th minute. The fifth-year defender out jumped a pair of Griffin defenders in the box to get a head on an Erica Hindmarsh corner kick. The ball was redirected just past the outstretched arms of keeper Emily Burns.
Gorlick nearly made it two goals in the first half deflecting another crossing attempt just over the cross bar. Saskatchewan took a 1-0 lead to halftime.
In the opening minutes of the second half the Griffins nearly found the equalizer. A nice run by MacEwan freed up space for Kristen Skrundz. Skrundz sent the shot on net which Huskie keeper Kyleigh Vause got just enough of to stop it from going in. On the rebound a sliding effort by Sheena Tracey trickled wide.
Saskatchewan would get an insurance goal in the 67th minute. Again it was Erica Hindmarsh providing the setup for her second assist of the day. This time it was Erica Parenteau on the receiving end of the Hindmarsh cross, heading it into the back of the net to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
Despite late pressure by MacEwan to get back into the match, the Huskies held off any comeback attempts for their fifth win of the regular season.
Vause finished the game with two saves in goal for the Huskies, while Burns made three saves in net for MacEwan.
Saskatchewan will hit the west coast next weekend with matches against the UBC Thunderbirds and the Victoria Vikes. MacEwan hosts the UFV Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans.