SYDNEY, N.S. — Danielle Steer struck the winning penalty kick to lift the UBC Thunderbirds to a 2-1 victory over the Acadia Axewomen and into the semifinals of the U Sports women's soccer championships.
UBC kept possession for much of the game, but didn't get on the scoreboard until the 50th minute when freshman midfielder Aislin Phillips struck a ball from 20 yards out, which deflected off a couple of legs before finding the left corner behind Acadia 'keeper Milena Ramirez.
Senior wing Jayden Boudreau tied it up for Acadia in the 69th minute, with a shot to the top corner.
After chances for both teams in overtime, the game went to a shootout.
UBC will face the MacEwan Griffins in the semis on Saturday.
GRIFFINS 2, GAELS 1
Salma Karnel and Abbey Wright scored to lead MacEwan University to a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Queen's.
Karnel scored in the 35th minute, volleying a shot over the head of Queen's freshman goalkeeper Kirstin Tynan.
The Griffins' lead was short-lived as rookie midfielder Marissa Gravel scored in the 40th minute to even it up.
Wright, a sophomore defender, got the winner in the 81st minute when she took a through ball from third-year defender Hannah Supina and slotting it past Tynan.
SPARTANS 4, CAPERS 0
Kathryn Harvey's goal in the 24th minute would stand up as the game-winner as top-ranked Trinity Western University beat host Cape Breton University 4-0.
The Spartans came out flying from the opening whistle, putting the hometown favourites on their heels.
Harvey, a senior forward, scored off a scramble in the 18-yard box after a corner kick, chipping in a under the crossbar behind third-year goalkeeper Haley Kardas.
The Spartans doubled their lead just seconds before the halftime whistle, when fifth-year senior defender Liz Hicks got her foot on a corner kick.
With the Capers pressing, the Spartans capitalized on the counter-attack as senior forward Anna Dunn scored off a scramble after a corner kick in the 83rd minute.
Rookie forward Holland Stiel scored three minutes later to make it 4-0.
Trinity Western faces Laval Rouge et Or in Saturday's semifinals.
ROUGE ET OR 1, MUSTANGS 0
Arielle Roy-Petitclerc scored the game's only goal to lift Laval past Western and into the semifinals.
After numerous scoring chances for both teams, Roy-Petitclerc, a fifth-year forward, finally got Laval on the scoreboard in the 60th minute, beating Western's first-year 'keeper Sam St. Croix.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2021.
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