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Wesmen preach patience after loss to Huskies

Jamila Calvez holds off a Saskatchewan defender during Canada West women's soccer action Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Jamila Calvez holds off a Saskatchewan defender during Canada West women's soccer action Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

WINNIPEG — After a weekend that did not provide the results the Winnipeg Wesmen really wanted, head coach Amy Anderson was stressing a need for patience from her young side.

Maya Gabruch scored two goals and the Saskatchewan Huskies tallied three times in the final half hour to hand the Wesmen a 4-0 loss in a Canada West women's soccer match Saturday at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.

Gabruch, who scored in a win over Manitoba on Friday night, opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when her drive hit a body in front of the Winnipeg goal and ricocheted past Wesmen keeper Taryn Raabe.

Taisa Gabruch added to the Saskatchewan (2-0-0) lead in the 64th minute when she sent a strike from 30 yards out over the head of Raabe that made it 2-0. Maya Gabruch, named the Huskies' player of the game, made it 3-0 in the 74th minute when she was sprung free inside the 18 for a one-on-one with Raabe that she slid inside the left post.

Kalli Cowles finished the scoring when she put her head on a corner kick in the 81st minute.

"We have to come back on Monday and be ready to work," Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson said. "I saw the improvements from (Friday), but it's important that Monday in our heads we're ready to work and believe in the big picture."

The Huskies, who had to wait until their ninth game last season for their first win, have jumped out with six points on the opening weekend and are feeling good with UNBC and Calgary coming into Saskatoon next weekend.

"Every game is important from a growth perspective," Huskies head coach Jerson Barandica-Hamilton said. "Obviously we want three points, but just getting kids in and them getting the experience of knowing what it takes to play at this level and compete I think is huge. Last year it took us a while to get our first win, so we're just ecstatic to be coming into Winnipeg, which is tough to do, to get six points is awesome."

A night after making 12 saves in her Canada West debut, Raabe finished the night with five more saves on nine shots on goal.

Jamila Calvez led the Wesmen with four shots, one on target.

Jadyn Steinhauer recorded the clean sheet and her second victory stopping three shots.

The Wesmen hit the road for matches at Fraser Valley and Trinity Western next weekend.

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