National champs give Cougars a rough ride in game one of the season

National champs give Cougars a rough ride in game one of the season

Jeremy Laurie,  UBC Sports Information

VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderdbirds women's soccer team (1-0-1) secured the season's first conference-win in a triumphant return to Thunderbird Stadium on Firday night. Five different scorers contributed to the 5-0 victory over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars, with three coming in a furious final 10 minutes of play.

The T-Birds mustered an offensive push that was lacking in last weekend's scoreless draw against Victoria, this time outshooting the Cougars 22-3 . Amelia Crawford, Sydney Jennings, Rachel Jones, Aman Shergill and Shayla Chorney each put up points in the 'Birds first matchup against the Cougars since 2013.

UBC head coach Jesse Symons commended his team's ability to put pressure on their opponent throughout the match.

"The team worked really hard…full credit to them. They kept attacking and finding opportunities," said Symons.

"We created similar chances last game, [but] today they beared down a bit more and really focused on being balanced in [the] penalty box to find the goals."

Crawford helped ignite an early spark in the Thunderbirds' offence. After providing  the game's two opening shots, her third found the back of the net midway through the 16th minute. The goal marked UBC's first of the regular season.

Jasmin Dhanda logged her second assist of the game when her brilliant feed through traffic found Jennings, who netted UBC's second goal of the first-half.

Mount Royal upped their defensive game for the majority of the second half, forcing the majority of UBC's shots to sail wide. Those that did find their way at the net were gobbled up by the solid goaltending efforts of Mount Royal's Cailyn Leeson, who ended up making 12 saves on the day.

Despite Leeson's efforts, the Thunderbirds offence rallied together in the final minutes of the game, netting three goals in under five minutes.

UBC will host the Macewan Griffins on Saturday, September 10 at 5 p.m. (PT) at Thunderbird Stadium. MRU will travel to Vancouver Island Saturday for a 5 p.m. PT matchup at Victoria.