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Lightning doesn't strike twice, but Dodds does

Shae-Lynn Dodds scored two goals Sunday to help the Winnipeg Wesmen earn a 2-2 draw with the Mount Royal Cougars. (Kelly Morton/Wesmen Athletics file)
Shae-Lynn Dodds scored two goals Sunday to help the Winnipeg Wesmen earn a 2-2 draw with the Mount Royal Cougars. (Kelly Morton/Wesmen Athletics file)

Shae-Lynn Dodds just keeps scoring goals, and the Winnipeg Wesmen have taken a step forward in their quest for a playoff berth because of it.

Dodds played the hero Sunday afternoon scoring two goals, including a critical strike in the 90th minute to pull the Wesmen women's soccer team level in a 2-2 draw with the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary.

Dodds' mastery on Sunday — her first career multi-goal match — pulled her into the Canada West conference lead for tallies in 2018 with seven and moved her to fourth in all of U Sports.

It also pulled the Wesmen into a three-way tie with Saskatchewan and Lethbridge for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Prairie Division with six matches left to play.

Dodds got the Wesmen out to an early lead, scoring her sixth of the season in the 11th minute.

Mount Royal countered with a goal from Janai Martens in the 42nd and appeared to break Wesmen hearts in the 81st minute when Haley Nicholson tallied to put the Cougars up 2-1.

But Winnipeg responded and improved its record to 0-4-4, setting up a critical home-and-home series with the Manitoba Bisons that starts Thursday at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.

"The result today just shows me that we are battling for each other," Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson said. "It was a result of perseverance."

The result was Mount Royal's first draw of the season, as the Cougars moved to 5-2-1 on the season.

Madison Fordyce made six saves in the Winnipeg goal, extending her lead atop the conference for saves with 55.

Rose Hemans made three saves for MRU.

Dodds' career season has her dwelling among the top of a number of statistical categories in the Canada West.

She is third in the conference in shots (28), second in shots on goal (20) and first in shot percentage among players who have recorded at least 20 shots (.250).

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