On Sunday, the UTM Division 1 women’s soccer team played against the School of Graduate Studies in their second game of the season. This victory marks their second win of the season, after their 5–0 victory over the Phys Ed department last weekend.
The game had been scheduled for 1 p.m. on UTM’s North Field, but the girls were surprised to find that the field had been worked by the UTM grounds crew only a few days before and was extremely dusty. But because of a rugby game that had been scheduled on the South Field, the game stayed on the North Field with all the dust.
UTM dominated the game right from the start; the UTM players kept full control of the play, preventing SGS from getting the ball out of their own end. When SGS was finally able to get into the UTM zone, the ball was cleared by the defence.
Natasha Butzow received the ball and scored on a breakaway, giving UTM the lead early in the first half. A few minutes later, Butzow scored her second goal of the day off a pass from the corner by teammate Agnieszka Turalinski.
Right before the end of the first half, the game was halted because of an SGS injury. The team was forced to play with no substitutes for the next half as a result. With three substitutes on the bench, UTM was able to give their own players a few breaks.
SGS lost steam in the second half, while UTM kept the ball in the SGS zone and was relentless with their shot attempts at the SGS goal. Four more goals were netted by Chantel Pandeirada, Leah Smith, Sheri Veibl, and Burtzow, netting herself a hat trick.
Coach Robert Brown was all smiles at the end of the game.
“The girls did well; they moved the ball and hit the shots that were set up for them,” he said. “It’s looking like we could be another championship team.”
The girls will hit the field again on October 14 at 11 a.m. to face Victoria College at the North Field.