The Huskies men’s soccer team came away with one win and one loss after this past weekend’s series against the Calgary Dinos.
The two teams traded scores with the Dogs posting a 1-0 win in the opening game on Saturday and the Dinos taking the second by the same margin on Sunday. The Huskies are now 4-2-0 on the season while the Dinos are 3-3-0.
Saturday’s match would see both teams unable to score due to both strong goalkeeping and defense until the second half when the Huskies would break through to score the lone goal.
Neither team would be able to convert their chances during the opening half. The Huskies had the best opportunities to score, with Garrett Peters and Luigi Bekwayo both sending balls just wide of the net. The Dogs outshot the Dinos eight to four during the half but Dino’s keeper Jordan Unreiner was able to turn away all shots that came his way.
In the opening minutes of the second half, the Dinos saw their best chance to score. There was a scramble in front of the Huskies net but the visiting team could not get the ball past keeper Michal Bandula.
The winning goal for the Huskies came in the 73rd minute off a free kick. Striker Brett Levis was awarded the free kick after being tripped by a Calgary defender. Jordian Farahani took the free kick and sent the ball into the high right corner out of the reach of Unreiner.
The single goal would be enough to seal the victory. The Huskies outshot the Dinos 15-5 and Bandula recorded his third shutout of the season, helping the Dogs to their fourth win.
A single goal also proved the difference in the second game but this time it would be the Dinos turn to come away with a close win. The Dinos were able to score early in the first half and the Huskies were not able to reply.
The Dino’s goal came when Jaron Broom knocked his teammate’s free kick into the Huskies net during the eighth minute.
The home team had opportunities to tie the score, taking 10 shots, but Unreiner was up to the task and made two saves during the first half.
The Huskies saw their shots land just off the mark, the ball was sent wide three times and hit the crossbar once.
The Dogs had a chance to level the score in the final seconds of the game when a corner kick bounced off a head and toward the Dinos’ net but Unreiner once again came through with a save.
For the second day in a row the Huskies outshot the Dinos by a sizeable margin, 16-7, but this time they were not able to find the net.
Both Bandula and Unreiner recorded three saves for the day but it would be the one shot to sneak past Bandula that would make the difference this time.
Photo: Evan Neufeld