Cougars unlucky in loss to Pandas

Cougars unlucky in loss to Pandas

EDMONTON - Fifth-year Pandas keeper Rebecca Reif stopped all four shots she faced, as the Alberta Pandas earned their eighth conference win with a 2-0 shutout of the Mount Royal Cougars, Saturday afternoon at Foote Field.

The game was originally scheduled to be held by the Cougars in Calgary but moved to Edmonton due to inclement weather. Brooke Lang gave the Pandas an early lead in the first half before Sydney Daines sealed the win in the second half with her fourth goal of the season.

Despite the Pandas having 31 shots, the actual goalscoring chances were quite close about 6-4 in favour of the Pandas.

Alberta finally broke through in the 37th, however, finding the net off a set piece. Brenna Mattiello's corner kick missed the heads of two Cougar defenders before Lang headed the ball past Leeson into the MRU net.

Daines finally added the insurance marker for Alberta in the 84th. After her first shot was stopped, Daines ripped in the rebound to give the Pandas a commanding 2-0 lead.

The best chance for the Cougars came late, but Reif robbed Haley Nicholson from in tight to preserve the clean sheet.

The Pandas and Cougars will finish their weekend series tomorrow afternoon, in the only game that was originally scheduled for Foote Field. Game time for the provincials foes is set for 2:00 p.m. MST.