REGINA, Sask. – Karlee Vorrieter’s goal in injury time pulled the University of Regina’s women’s soccer team level with the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in a Canada West match on Friday night at the U of R Field.
With only seconds remaining, the U of R’s Sarah Moroziuk fired a cross into the Huskies’ box. Vorrieter’s high chip fluttered over Saskatchewan keeper Kyleigh Vause and into the left side of the net, giving the fifth-year midfielder her second goal of the season and securing a critical point for the Cougars in the Prairie Division standings.
Vorrieter’s goal came just minutes after Saskatchewan’s Rebecca Weckworth had given the Huskies the lead after the two teams played scoreless for the first 89 minutes of the contest. Saskatchewan was given a free kick from about 20 yards out after a foul was called on Olivia Bolen and Weckworth made no mistake, firing a low, hard shot that caught the left corner and put the visitors into the lead.
Saskatchewan moves to 4-3-2 with the draw and remain in third place in the Prairie Division standings with 13 points. The Cougars (2-4-3) are in fifth place in the eight-team division with nine points on the year.
While neither team was able to score in the first half, the Cougars had quality chances in both the first minute and the last minute. Vorrieter finished off a strong solo effort just seconds into the match by hitting the left post, while Regina’s Brianna Wright had a solid chance in injury time blocked by a Saskatchewan defender.
In the second half, Regina had another good chance in the 69th minute. Vause charged out to make a fine save on a Moroziuk shot after she’d been sent in to a dangerous position, and the rebound went right to Kayla McDonald but her shot from the top of the box sailed just high and right of the mark.
Just a couple minutes before Weckworth’s goal, extended pressure by Saskatchewan finally resulted in a quality chance. After a scramble, Jasmine Crump had a shot saved by Kacey McFee. She got her own rebound, but drilled the ball off the cross bar. The ball went right to Huskies defender Meagan Manson, but her header was saved by McFee to maintain the level score.
Saskatchewan directed 17 shots towards the U of R’s net, with the Cougars registering eight. McFee ended up with four saves, while Vause was credited with three.
The two teams will play a rematch in Saskatoon on Sunday. Match time is set for high noon on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park.