The U of M Bisons women’s soccer team looked to rebound Saturday night against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades . The two clubs traded goals in both halves of a tense and foul-filled game that ended in a 2-2 draw.
“I felt that we were really tired from yesterday,” Bisons head coach Vanessa Martinez Lagunas said postgame.
“It was an over effort they did yesterday definitely, but you know I’m really proud that they came back two times from behind and that’s not easy to do after such a game that we had yesterday.”
UFV head coach Rob Giesbrecht was unhappy when talking about the officiating, saying “obviously we’re extremely emotional right now because we got robbed.”
Manitoba was awarded a late penalty-kick off of a collision in the UFV penalty area, which they used to tie the game 2-2.
Giesbrecht praised the Bisons for being “a great team, very well organized” and “tough to break down.”
UFV got on the board first in the 16th minute. Jashan Sandhar crossed the ball to Brittney Zacharuk waiting in front, and her shot sailed past Bisons keeper Madison Wilford for the 1 -0 Cascades lead.
The lead did not last as the Bisons came back with a marker of their own in the 45th minute. Holly Angus sent a free kick from sideline to Nicole Davis , and she put a header by UFV keeper Joven Sandhu , tying the game at 1 -1.
In the second half, the Cascades regained the lead off a set play. Harneet sent a corner into the box and connected with Tripat Sandhu for a header goal, putting UFV back ahead at 2-1 .
Once again Manitoba had an answer with a penalty shot goal by Amanda Wong to tie things back up at 2-2 .
The final minute of stoppage time was tense for the herd as UFV had back-to-back corners, but Wilford kept it out and the game ended a 2-2 draw.
The Bisons will be back on the pitch next Saturday when they take on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and Sunday against the University of Calgary Dinos. Both games are 2:00 CDT at the Bisons Soccer Complex.