WINNIPEG — A lone goal, scored late off a corner kick was the difference as the University of Manitoba Bisons women's soccer team lost their home opener to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 1-0 in a hard fought game on Saturday.
Leesa Eggum's goal for the Huskies in the 81st minute would stand despite a frantic attempt by the Bisons to tie the game late. Manitoba's record falls to 1-2-0 on the season, as Saskatchewan meanwhile picked up their first win of the season, improving to 1-2-0.
The Huskies dominated the pace of play for most of the match, peppering the Manitoba goal with 20 shots and forcing Bison goalkeeper Maddie Wilford to make 9 saves on the day.
The Bisons started the game playing aggressive but were unable to sustain a consistent attack. The Huskies did a great job defensively and kept the ball out of the box.
It was a back and forth affair in the first half as both teams tried to stretch the field with long through balls into space, but both Wilford and Saskatchewan goalkeeper Jadyn Steinhauer did well to keep clean sheets through the first 45 minutes. The Huskies were able to set the tone, thanks in large part to their defensive dominance which shut down any attack mounted by the Manitoba strikers. Selena Speranza and Sara Schur created the best chances for Manitoba and consistently lead the offence down the field on the attack, but were unable to crack the Huskies defence.
The Huskies meet the Winnipeg Wesmen Sunday to close out the road trip.