Alycia Mann is rewarding coach Amy Anderson's confidence in a big way.
Mann, the midfielder who has bolstered a promising crop of incoming freshmen, scored her second goal of the non-conference season Thursday as the Winnipeg Wesmen women's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with the NCAA Division II Bemidji State Beavers in Bemidji, Minn.
Mann, playing in just the third match of her university career, struck in the second half to temporarily put the Wesmen up 1-0 against the Beavers, who finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last season with a 12-0-3 record.
The Wesmen gave up the tying goal on a penalty kick from the spot later in the second half.
The result gave the Wesmen a solid 1-0-2 record in three matches on their D2 tour through North Dakota and Minnesota. The Beavers are returning 20 players from their 2017 roster, including four all-conference players and eight of the 2017 team's top 10 scorers.
For head coach Amy Anderson, the draw was another encouraging result as the team ramps up training in advance of its Sept. 8 Canada West conference opener at Saskatchewan.
"I think it was good in terms of team play and progression," Anderson said. "I got to see a lot of first years play, and Alycia Mann is starting to step up more as she's understanding her role on the field."
Anderson also singled out second-year forward Shae-Lynn Dodds, who played every minute of the three-game trip.
"Shad a great game," Anderson said. "Shae-Lynn works so hard. She's probably the most hard-working player I've ever coached."
"The subs have all been contributing, and the great thing for me is there's some selection this year," Anderson said. "We have depth, some girls have featured well. It was a great team effort and we're not just reliant on a couple of players."