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Wesmen Fall To Bisons In Opening Match Of Weekend Series

Wesmen Fall To Bisons In Opening Match Of Weekend Series

Files from University of Manitoba Sports Information

The University of Manitoba Bisons beat the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 4-0 at the U of M West Turf Fields Saturday afternoon.

Manitoba midfielder Hailey Lavarias found the back of the net four times to account for all the Bison scoring.

It took a while for Lavarias to strike first, with both the Wesmen and Bisons trading chances early in the first half. Off a corner in the 37th minute, Lavarias fired a rebound high over Wesmen goalkeeper Madison Fordyce

Lavarias found the back of the net again just before the end of the first half. Bison midfielder Amanda Wong whipped in a cross, finding Lavarias to double the Bisons lead. 

The Bisons had a couple chances to start the second half, defender Hayley Ward had a shot go over the bar from in close after a corner kick in the 50th minute. Two minutes later, midfielder Celeste Gallego slid to keep the ball in Winnipeg's box and dribbled her way in tight for a shot.

Lavarias netted her hattrick in the 65th minute, scoring off another rebound to make the score 3-0 for Manitoba. In the 85th minute Lavarias continued her torrid pace by adding a fourth goal. Lavarias dashed into the Wesmen 18-yard box, and slotted home in the bottom left corner.

Manitoba with the win improves to 3-4-2, Winnipeg drops to 1-7-1

Wesmen goalkeeper Madison Fordyce made four saves, Bison goalkeepers (Wilford and Jarmoszko) combined to make two saves. Manitoba took a total of 16 shots, Winnipeg finished with six.

The Wesmen and Bisons will meet Sunday afternoon in the Soccer portion of the 27th Annual Duckworth Challenge. Kickoff at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.