Justin McCaffrey, Mount Royal Sports Information
CALGARY – The Griffins needed a late-game goal from Isabelle Dobbin to secure a 2-1 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars on Tuesday night. Mia Fornelius (MacEwan) and Carly Neis (Mount Royal) scored offsetting goals for their respective sides.
The Cougars and Griffins battled the frigid conditions on Tuesday night at MRU Stadium Field. The match, a makeup contest from the weekend, started with a torrid pace of end-to-end action. MacEwan had the bulk of the chances in the early going but Cougars' keeper Miah Godek stood tall.
Hailey Lafave nearly put the Cougars ahead in the 42nd minute off a ball from Carly Neis. Neis laid a beautiful ball into the box as Lafave ran on. The ball landed just out of Lafave's reach and wide of the goal. The match would remain scoreless heading into halftime.
Lafave had another glorious chance just five minutes into the second half. She corralled a loose ball at the top of the box and let go a hooking left-footed shot. Luckily for MacEwan, Emily Burns was there to make a beautiful diving save.
Lindsay Anderson almost got the Griffins on the board just minutes later off a corner. All the MacEwan attackers drove the net while Anderson hung back for a late ball into the top of the box. Her shot beat Godek but not the crossbar.
Mount Royal caught a break in the 58th minute when a mental error cost Emily Burns and the Griffins. Burns fanned on a pass putting the ball right on the foot of Carly Neis who was left alone in the box. With no one near her, Neis made a deke to her left and calmly buried the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving Mount Royal the lead.
MacEwan was not down for long, as Mia Fornelius tied it just seconds after the Neis goal. Jamie Vriens had a beautiful through ball that Fornelius grabbed and sprinted through the middle. She outwaited Godek and put the ball short side to tie the game at one.
The game looked to be destined for a draw until some sloppy play in the Cougars' zone put the ball on the foot of Samantha Gouveia. Gouveia got the ball over to Isabelle Dobbin who made no mistake and slid the ball along the ground past an outstretched Godek to secure the Griffins victory.
MacEwan will make a trip to southern Alberta next weekend to take on Calgary and Lethbridge. The Calgary match is set for Saturday Oct. 15 at 12pm.
The Cougars will also match up with Lethbridge and Calgary next weekend. In their case they will head down to Lethbridge first to play Pronghorns at 12pm.