U SPORTS Communications
WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Bisons eliminated the University of Guelph Gryphons with a 5-1 victory at the 2017 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship Friday afternoon at the Subway Soccer South Complex in Winnipeg, Man.
“We really wanted to redeem ourselves after yesterday because we thought we played a fantastic first half but not a very good second and everybody was really mad about that,” said Bisons head coach Vanessa Martinez Lagunas. “The girls did a really great job today and I’m extremely proud of them. All the things we learned from yesterday’s game they were able to implement them well today.”
After taking a hard loss in their opening game of the tournament, the Bisons were looking to bounce back in front of their hometown crowd.
From the begging of the first half, the Bisons dominated the game, opening the scoring in the fourth minute with a goal from Amanda Wong. The scoring continued with a goal from Hailey Lavarias in the 16th minute, a goal from Rebecca Martin in the 18th and a goal from Alyssa Daley in the 26th. Manitoba made the score 5-0 with Martin’s second goal as the first half was coming to a close.
The Gryphons made a change in goal to start the second half, pulling Libby Brenneman in favour of Brooke Davidson. Davidson would go untested until the 86th minute where she made her first of three saves. Guelph would get on the board when Victoria Hinchliffe scored in the 76th minute.
“The girls came out and I thought gave a good account of themselves in the second half,” said Gryphons’ coach Al Weersink. “Credit to Manitoba, everything they hit today was a goal.”
Martin was named player of the game for the Bisons while Hayley Howes was Guelph’s. “Coming off the 4-0 loss yesterday we just wanted to put that in the past,” said Martin. “We just wanted to prove to everyone that we deserved to be here and I think we did it.”
With the loss, Guelph is eliminated from the tournament while Manitoba moves on to play in the consolation final Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.