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Tying goal proves elusive as Wesmen lose first of season

Winnipeg’s Nicole Redekopp (left) challenges Regina’s Brigit Sinaga for a ball during Canada West women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon in Regina. (Arthur Ward/Arthur Images)
Winnipeg’s Nicole Redekopp (left) challenges Regina’s Brigit Sinaga for a ball during Canada West women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon in Regina. (Arthur Ward/Arthur Images)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen will return home with a point out of two matches on their opening weekend of Canada West women's soccer.

The Wesmen gave up two late first-half goals to Kyra Vibert and dropped a 2-1 decision to the host Regina Cougars Sunday afternoon in the Queen City.

Winnipeg, which hosts its home-opener Friday night against the Fraser Valley Cascades, fell to 0-1-1 on the season, as the Wesmen suffered their first defeat in five 2018 outings — including non-conference play.

The Wesmen were able to earn a point Saturday afternoon with a draw at Saskatchewan and briefly held a lead on Sunday before Vibert's double.

Fourth-year forward Maeghan Lindsay, who led the team in scoring last season with three goals, scored her first of the conference season off a corner in the 22nd minute to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.

But Vibert struck mere seconds later, tying the game at 1. Vibert would score the eventual match-winner in the 31st minute.

The Wesmen were not without their chances, firing 11 shots on the match, six on target. The Wesmen also generated nine corners to Regina's five.

Regina finished with 10 shots and eight on the mark.

Third-year keeper Madison Fordyce made five saves, while Kylie Bolton made four saves in the Regina goal.

Freshman Alycia Mann led the Wesmen with three shots, one on goal, in her 90 minutes in the midfield.

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