UTM vs. Niagara Women's Soccer Game Recap - Oct 20th, 2015

Women's Soccer - UTM vs. Niagara College (Oct 20th)

WELLAND, ON. (October 20, 2015) – In search of their first win of the season, the University of Toronto Mississauga Varsity Eagles soccer squad headed to Niagara for their last game of the women’s regular season.

UTM was playing without their starting goalie, and with Harnacy Dhugga filling in, the UTM squad started out quite tentatively.  Niagara had better possession early and finally scored at the 41st minute.  They quickly added a PK goal in the 46th minute to send UTM into the half down 2-0.  Niagara’s fans were some of the loudest the UTM Eagles had heard all season and had players commenting at half-time on how they could not hear each other on the field.

Six minutes into the second half Niagara took a 3-0 lead after scoring 3 goals in a 10 minute stretch. Playing on the road in the last game of the season and down 3-0 in front of a very loud crowd would be enough to stop any team from playing hard.  UTM however, was not just any team.  The Eagles dug in deep and scored at the 62nd minute when Cassandra Frater managed to control the ball 8 yards outside the box and placed a perfect strike from distance into the top corner of the net over the Niagara goalie.

UTM added another goal in the 75th minute, when team captain Sara Atkinson beat the keeper.  The second goal seemed to give the UTM team some momentum and they continued to press having a few chances to even the score.  With UTM pressing for the tie, Niagara’s Jackie Lawther completed her hat trick scoring in the 83rd minute to give Niagara the 4-2 win.

The loss put the UTM Eagles final record at 0-8-2 for a 6th place finish in the Central division. The team has continued to play hard all season and they are hoping to take what they learned in their inaugural outdoor season and their never quit attitude and use it in the upcoming 2016 OCAA indoor season.  

 

Written by: Jack Krist, Photography by: Anaheez Karbhari