Soccersaurs get completely shut out

By Amanda Hu

The University of Calgary women’s soccer team faced two disappointing shutouts against two B.C. teams Oct. 13 and 14.

Saturday’s game saw an unsurprising 4-0 loss for the ladysaurs against the top-ranked University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. UBC asserted early offensive control in the game, with a quick goal at 15 minutes by Kristen Zoller.

Star Dinos forward Morena Ianniello met with Jaclyn Dunnett late in the first half, resulting in a shoulder injury that would keep her off the pitch for the rest of the weekend.

The second half saw little change in possession trends, as UBC scored three more goals, including T-bird Lisa Furutani’s successful play at the net with help from Janine Kerr at 47 minutes. The third goal came when Sarah Treloar was in the right place at the right time, kicking the ball past Calgary goalkeeper Alana Knowles after a shot ricocheted off the net straight towards Treloar. The final goal was scored by UBC’s Zarina Giannone at 83 minutes.

Calgary’s captain Andrea Hayes was also outed from the game due to injury, leaving the team with a noticeable deficiency.

Goalkeepers Knowles and Dunnett were on par for saves with both at five.

The second match of the weekend saw another loss, though with a slightly smaller margin.

The University of Victoria Vikes took a strong 2-0 score for the game, foiling many of Calgary’s scoring opportunities.

Victoria scored their first goal at 45 minutes, with Moira Hood taking a good pass from teammate Kendra Flock.

The Vikes second goal of the game came at 60 minutes when the team’s Amy Thorogood made a shot towards Calgary’s net. Dino goalkeeper Courtney Heffernan, who seemed surprised from the incoming shot, made an unsuccessful effort to stop the goal.

Dinos forward Katie Blundell was the most notable player of the weekend, making a lot of hard drives towards UBC and Victoria’s goals. Blundell led the team for shots on goal, totaling five for the weekend.

“I think we played pretty good both days,” said Blundell. “We fought really hard. The first game, we played really good for the first half and then kind of dropped it. So, I think we were just realizing that we have to keep it up the whole time. And today we played really hard the whole game, so I think it’s bad that we lost today because we could have and should have won.”

Blundell also noted that the team could have improved their games in several different areas.

“I missed one shot that definitely should have been in, so that could have changed the game,” she said. “We picked it up from yesterday. They had two goals, but we easily could have had two goals too.”

With the weekend’s losses leaving the team at 3-5-2, the team will need to pick up their play in the next two weekend series in order to secure a playoff spot.