Thanks to a 3-0 home victory over the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Oct. 20, the Huskies women’s soccer team set a single season points record.
The Huskies scored 26 points over 12 games, more than any other team in the program’s 29-year history. The squad also tied the record for most wins in a season with eight.
The Huskies got on the board quickly with a goal two minutes into the match. Fifth-year midfielder Daniela Fuenzalida sent a pass to striker Jenelle Zapski that she put past Timberwolves keeper Jordan Hall. The half ended with the Dogs leading 1-0.
The home team extended their lead in the second half, adding another two points to the scoreboard. Fuenzalida scored a goal of her own in the 53rd minute when she netted Jennifer Miller’s free kick into the top right corner. Fuenzalida was awarded player of the game for her efforts.
Six minutes later Nicholle Morrison pushed the Huskies’ lead to 3-0, scoring her third goal of the season. The Dogs continued to pressure the Timberwolves for the remainder of the match as they took an additional six shots on net. Hall was able to turn all shots away but the Timberwolves offence never got going. The match ended in a 3-0 shutout.
Hall made 10 saves on the day while Huskies keeper Cara Santaga made four, recording her fourth clean sheet of the season.
Next up for the team is the post-season. The Dogs finished fifth in Canada West after going 8-2-2 on the season and will take on the Trinity Western University Spartans in the Canada West quarter-final match. The Spartans finished in a tie for third place with an 8-1-3 record.
The Huskies met the Spartans once this season, recording a 1-1 tie on Sept. 21. The Huskies will have to bring their best to the pitch as they have never beaten the Spartans, who will also boast home field advantage.
This is only the second time the team has advanced to the playoffs. The Huskies fell to the University of Regina Cougars in last year’s quarter-final match.
The Huskies face the Spartans in Langley, B.C. on Sat. Oct. 26.
Photo: Katherine Fedoroff