DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Taryn Raabe put herself in rare company in Canada West history Saturday night.
Raabe, the Winnipeg Wesmen freshman keeper, made double-digit saves for the seventh time in her past eight matches and, in so doing, cracked the top-10 in Canada West conference history for saves in a season in a 4-0 loss to the Manitoba Bisons at the WSF Soccer South indoor pitch.
With 102 saves on the season, Raabe is now seventh all-time in conference history for saves in a season and became just the ninth player ever to record 100 saves in a season.
Raabe is now third all-time in Wesmen history for saves, trailing Justina Jarmoszko (117, 2015) and Taylor Thorkelsson (115, 2016) with two games still to play.
Raabe has played all but one half of conference play in 2019 and has averaged nine saves per match in the 11 complete-games she's logged.
On Saturday, she once again flashed the athleticism that has made her one of the team's most important players.
"She stood on her head. She shouldn't have to do that, but she was mentally strong and kept us in it for the first half," Wesmen head coach Amy Anderson said.
The Wesmen went into halftime down 1-0 after a Hailey Lavarias goal in the 33rd minute.
Gabrielle Clark scored in the 49th minute to extend the Bison (6-5-1) lead. Nicole Davis (85th) and Celeste Gallego (88th) also scored for the Bisons.
"We didn't produce enough quality plays, and quality plays are what wins soccer games," Anderson said. "It wasn't a lack of effort; Manitoba is a great team."
The Wesmen trail sixth-place Lethbridge by three points for the final playoff spot in the Prairie Division. The Wesmen host Lethbridge and Mount Royal to close the season Oct. 18 and 19.