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Final few weeks critical for Wesmen Soccer

Winnipeg's Nicole Redekopp (17) challenges for the ball during Wesmen women's soccer action in Regina on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (Regina Cougars photo)
Winnipeg's Nicole Redekopp (17) challenges for the ball during Wesmen women's soccer action in Regina on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (Regina Cougars photo)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen have three more weeks to find a late-season surge that could put them into the Canada West post-season.

The Wesmen women's soccer team got a goal from Alycia Mann but dropped a 4-1 decision to the Regina Cougars on the road Sunday, leaving the Wesmen with six more games to find a result or two needed to push them back into the playoff picture.

Mann, who scored her first career goal last weekend from the penalty spot, again stepped up in a similar situation and scored from the spot in the 38th minute to even the match at 1-1.

But the Cougars got goals from Sydney Langen and Olivia Gables just before halftime to take a convincing lead into the break. Langen also scored in the third minute to open the scoring.

"We played better today. Unfortunately, we had a couple of mistakes that cost us goals in the first half," Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson said. "It's a shame because we did well to earn the penalty."

Gables added another goal in the 85th minute as Regina improved to 2-4-2 on the season and stayed firmly in fifth place in the Prairie Division. The top six teams in each division make the post-season and the Wesmen sit at three points tied with Lethbridge for sixth. 

"We have to work on our mental lapses and defensive discipline," Anderson said. "I know we have a lot of younger players and we will keep getting better. We will need to regroup for the next three weekends and we're going to keep fighting for a playoff spot."

Taryn Raabe started the match and made three saves for the Wesmen before giving way to Madisyn Furber, who made her first career conference appearance. Furber made eight saves on nine shots on goal.

The Wesmen are back on the road at MacEwan and Alberta next weekend.

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