|The Huskies celebrate.|
It was a dream finish for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s soccer team at the Canada West Final Four tournament.
On Saturday at PotashCorp Park, the amazing Huskies captured their first ever Canada West title downing the University of Alberta Golden Bears 4-2. The Golden Bears led 2-1 at halftime, but the Huskies roared back with three unanswered goals in the second half.
Jordian Farahani scored twice for the Huskies, while Bobbi Nicholat and David Brown had singles. Michal Bandula picked up the win in goal.
Jermele Campbell and Niko Jankovic relied with singles for the Golden Bears, while Connor James suffered the loss in goal.
Both the Huskies and the Golden Bears will advance to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship tournament, which will be hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers from Nov. 6-9 in Charlottetown.
Traditionally, the University of Saskatchewan was never known as a soccer school. That reputation is changing quickly.
Last year, the Huskies men’s team made their first appearance at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship tournament with an 8-5-2 record. They bettered that make this season finishing first in the Prairies Division with a program best 9-1-2 mark.
The Canada West title game was played before 646 spectators, which is a large gathering for the Huskies soccer team. The green and white ensured their home faithful didn’t go away disappointed. A day earlier, the Huskies downed the University of Victoria Vikes 2-0 in a semifinal contest.
Going into the CIS championship tournament, you have to like the Huskies odds of winning it all. They return to the national stage as an experienced team having been there before. Now the goal is to ensure the plane ride home from Charlottetown will be a happy one.
Women’s squad captures bronze
|Huskies defender Jennifer Miller.|
The Huskies women’s soccer squad also carved out a piece of history claiming their first ever medal in the Canada West Final Four tournament.
The Huskies opened this year’s tournament in Langley, B.C., falling 1-0 in a semifinal to the host Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday night. Natalie Arnett had the lone goal for the Spartans, while Christina Oliverio picked up the win in the Trinity Western net. Cara Santaga suffered the loss in goal for the Huskies.
On Saturday, the Huskies rebounded with a 2-0 victory in the bronze medal match over the University of Alberta Pandas. Star striker Jenelle Zapski scored both of the Huskies goals, while Kyleigh Vause picked up the win in goal. Kelti Biggs took the loss in goal for the Pandas.
The Huskies had a strong regular season posting a 7-2-3 record to finish second in the Prairies Division. All their players can potentially return next season, which likely means they will have a good chance to improve on the bronze medal finish.
Zapski and defender Jennifer Miller, who were named Canada West second team all-stars, are definitely players to watch as the team moves forward.
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