DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The UWinnipeg Wesmen women's soccer team will be on the hunt for key wins when it returns home next weekend following a loss to the Fraser Valley Cascades Saturday in Abbotsford, B.C.
Brittany Zacharuk scored twice, including one from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, and the Cascades dropped the Wesmen to 0-4-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory.
Bryana Buttar scored just seconds before halftime to break a 0-0 deadlock and send the Cascades (2-1-1) into the break with an advantage.
"We have to stop conceding goals just before the half," Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson said, "but I also told the team that the way we ended in the last 10 minutes is the way we need to start off — with that urgency. I thought our last 10 minutes our quality was starting to show toward the end of the match."
The Cascades mustered 18 shots, six on target, and Wesmen keeper Taryn Raabe made two saves.
Now the Wesmen will go back on the search for results against a pair of winless teams in the Heat (0-4-0), who will play the Wesmen at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex on Friday, and the Wolfpack (0-3-1), who come in on Saturday.
"I think we've progressed because we really had to be quicker and smarter in how we played," Anderson said. "I think it was a good experience for a lot of first-years to get in there and play and have some some minutes against some quality teams. Looking at big picture we're going to be better from this experience for sure."
— With files from UFV Cascades