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For the first time in history, the University of Saskatchewan women’s soccer team has earned a spot in the Canada West postseason.
Saskatchewan secured the spot after a 5-0 victory over the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars Sunday in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
In the Huskie victory, rookie Jenelle Zapski netted a hat trick scoring in the 15th, 23rd and 52nd minutes of the match.
The win moves Saskatchewan to a 6-4-0 record with 18 points, meaning the Huskies can finish no worse than eighth in the season with two matches remaining. The Huskies were host of the Canada West Final Four in 1999 receiving an automatic berth into the tournament. In 2012, eight women’s soccer teams advance to playoffs.
Mount Royal falls to 0-7-3 and will enter the final weekend of the season in search of their first win in their first Canada West season.
Zapski opened the scoring in the 15th minute when the ball landed on her foot after a play in by captain Leanne Mylymok. She added her second of the match in the 23rd minute on a shot from the right side of the field. Zapski’s final goal of the day was scored in the 52nd minute on a scramble in front of Cougars’ keeper Kelsey Markland.
Also scoring in the win for the Huskies was defender Jenna Newton on a quick play up the left side in the 27th minute and Nicholle Morrison in the 68th minute.
Markland finished the match making 11 saves for Cougars, while Marissa Striuk made three before being replaced in the 64th minute for rookie Payton Pederson.
Saskatchewan outshot Mount Royal 24-5.
The Huskies travel to face the Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns to close out the Canada West season next weekend, while Mount Royal returns home to host Winnipeg Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons.