The Golden Bears had their best game of the football season, the Bears and Pandas soccer teams head into week two of the season undefeated and the Bears and Pandas hockey teams continue preseason action against non-CIS college teams.
Golden Bears Football:
Despite falling to an 0-3 start to the season, the Golden Bears football squad played their strongest game of the season Friday night.
In the team’s home opener, the Bears kept it close against the University of Regina Rams. The two were tied at 10 points apiece heading into the 4th quarter. However, a late game collapse saw the Bears give up 21 points in the final quarter resulting in a 31-17 win for Regina.
Defeat for the Golden Bears can largely be attributed to a total of 88 yards lost in penalties throughout the game. Rams quarterback Marc Mueller put together three scoring drives in the fourth quarter, completing 26 of 38 passes and throwing for 316 yards and three touchdowns overall. Meanwhile, Bears quarterback Curtis Dell had his best game of the season, completing 17 of 32 passes and throwing for 206 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The last place Golden Bears will travel to Winnipeg next week to play the University of Manitoba Bisons. They will be doing so, however, without linebacker Tyler Greenslade or defensive back Brennan Van Nistelrooy who both left the game with injuries. Greenslade’s injury will reportedly keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
Golden Bears Soccer:
The nationally third-ranked Golden Bears hosted the UNBC Timberwolves Saturday afternoon in their second of three weekends in a row against schools that are in their first year playing Canada West soccer. Coming off of a weekend that saw the Bears shutout Mount Royal University twice at a collective score of 11-0, the Golden Bears continued this trend with an impressive 4-0 win this weekend.
After an opening weekend that saw Marcus Johnstone score five points en route to being named Canada West Male Athlete of the week, Johnstone scored another goal on Saturday. The Bears’ other tallies came from Mohamed Teliani, Scott Gilroy and Cameron Schmidt. The Bears are currently averaging five goals a game with a total of 15 scored over their first three contests of the season. Meanwhile, Johnstone’s goal in Saturday’s game was his 17th all-time, tying him with Bears assistant coach Kurt Bosch for ninth on the U of A’s all-time list.
The Golden Bears will now travel to Winnipeg next weekend for a pair of games with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. With the performance of the team thus far against new CIS opponents, the Wesmen could face a difficult weekend in trying to quell the U of A offence.
The Pandas opened their southern Alberta road trip on Saturday with a scoreless draw with their rivals, the University of Calgary Dinos. It was an impressive showing for the winless Dinos team coming off of a rough opening weekend that saw the team lose to top teams from UBC and Trinity Western at scores of 5-1 and 6-1. Dinos goalkeeper Kristen Barton and U of A ‘keeper Kelti Biggs stopped every shot against them in a game that featured a number of solid scoring opportunities.
In the Pandas’ second game of the weekend in Lethbridge, the U of A was able to score three goals in each half en route to a 6-0 win over the U of L Pronghorns. The Pandas were led by third-year forward Kayla Michaels who scored a hat trick against the ‘Horns with the first of her goals coming within the first two minutes of the game. With another win and another tie this weekend, the Pandas remain undefeated at a record of 2-0-2 while the Pronghorns fall to 1-3-0. The Pandas will now host the Mount Royal University Cougars at Foote Field on Sept. 23 at 2 pm.
Golden Bears Hockey:
The U of A continued their impressive offensive performance in the preseason with a sweep of their home-and-home series with the SAIT Trojans this weekend. The teams first met on Friday night at the Clare Drake Arena where the U of A won a high scoring 6-2 game. The Bears then followed that effort with a 2-0 shutout on Saturday night in Calgary at the Trojans’ home arena. Next, the Bears will finish their preseason with some action against CIS opponents in the Brick Invitational Tournament next weekend when they host the Mount Royal University Cougars and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. It will be the Bears’ first game against the Huskies since the U of S eliminated the U of A from the playoffs last season.
The Pandas hockey team had a full weekend of action against non-CIS college teams to kick off their preseason. On Friday afternoon, the U of A shut out the Grant MacEwan Griffins 3-0, followed by a close 2-1 win over the Red Deer College Queens on Saturday. The weekend ended however, with an impressive 9-1 blowout in the Pandas’ rematch with the Griffins on Sunday. The Pandas will continue their preseason by next playing the NAIT Ooks on Sept. 22
Check back throughout the weekend for updated scores after each U of A game.
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