CALGARY – Orest Ndabaneze of men's soccer and Zoe De Beauville of women's hockey have been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of October 2-8, 2017.
Ndabaneze was in fine form this weekend for the Cougars. Not making a start in either game Ndabaneze proved to be a super sub in Friday's game against the University of Calgary Dinos. He quickly went to work after being substituted on at halftime and in the span of sixteen minutes and nineteen seconds would change the fate of the game. In the sixty-second minute, he found himself on a breakaway and slotted it into the bottom left corner past the Dinos goalkeeper. Just fifteen minutes later he volleyed in his second goal of the game, which ultimately was the game winner. Unsurprisingly Ndabaneze won Mount Royal's player of the game award. On Saturday the Burundian would again come off the bench this time only registering one shot on goal which came in extra time but was stopped by the keeper. Orest Ndabaneze is now Mount Royal's leading scoring with three goals despite starting just half of the games this season. His performance this weekend was clinical and efficient in the limited time he played. He put every shot he had on target and scored half of his shots.
The men's soccer team plays their final home games of the season this upcoming weekend when they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns and the Saskatchewan Huskies. Kickoff for both games is set for 1:30 p.m.
Zoe De Beauville was on top of her game all weekend long. Friday night, at Mount Royal's home opener, De Beauville kept the Cougars in the contest. The defending national champion Pandas kept the shots coming throughout the contest ultimately firing 23 on target; De Beauville stopped 24 of them. De Beauville was also the team's best penalty killer, forcing the Pandas to go 0-5 on the powerplay. Saturday, on banner raising night in Edmonton, De Beauville kicked aside another 21 shots and stopped three Alberta shooters in the shootout. This allowed the Cougars to upset the defending national champions. In the two games, Zoe De Beauville made 43 saves, had a .915 save percentage, and posted a goals-against average of 1.86. This weekend De Beauville was called upon to make a save every three minutes approximately.
The Cougars women's hockey team hopes to keep the momentum going with a doubleheader on the road against Regina this upcoming weekend.