Len Catling/UBC Thunderbirds
VANCOUVER – The Calgary Dinos (0-7-0) weathered the siege for as long as possible against the UBC Thunderbirds (6-0-2) Saturday morning in Point Grey. In the end, UBC attacked with too much force and determination and claimed a 5-0 victory. Having already clinched their 26th Canada West banner, the Thunderbirds were looking to polish the details of their game with the playoffs fast approaching.
"I think we are getting there, but we're not quite there yet," said UBC Head Coach Robin D'Abreo when asked about his team's performance with the national championships right around the corner. "We are starting to work the ball out of our defensive end with more efficiency and I'm happy with our structure and our discipline in the offensive end."
The 'Birds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from penalty corners by Stephanie Norlander in the 2nd minute and Rachel Donohoe just four minutes later, as the field seemed to be consistently slanted towards the Calgary goalmouth. Dinos' keeper Ingrid Ulrich kept the game respectable in the middle part of the first frame with a series of sprawling and kick saves.
The 3-0 goal in the 28th minute was a thing of beauty by UBC's Hannah Haughn, who deked in off the left wing and fired a bullet into the bottom right corner of the Calgary goal.
A beautifully played deflection by Gabby Jayme off another penalty corner made the score 4-0 at the half.
Norlander potted her second of the match early in the second half, finishing off a deft half-field rush by the 'Birds, driving the ball into the bottom right corner of the Calgary goal.
"It was an awesome game as team. It was exactly what we were looking for and it's really exciting to be playing like this as we are heading into Toronto and nationals," said Norlander. "We started off kind of slow, trying to get used to each other. Now we are all on the same page and it's working out really well."
The game was out of reach by that point for the Dinos, who simply held on to their defensive shape as best they could to keep the score respectable.
The two teams will re-match on Sunday on Wright Field at UBC at 11am PT. The game will be the final one of the Canada west regular season for both squads.
Calgary: 0 – 0 : 0
UBC : 4 – 1 : 5
UBC: Stephanie Norlander (2'), Rachel Donohoe (6'), Hannah Haughn (28'), Gabby Jayme (35'), Stephanie Norlander (2) (37')
Calgary: Ingrid Ulrich, 70 minutes played, 5 goals against
UBC: Gabriella Switzer, 35 minutes played, 0 goals against, Rowan Harris, 35 minutes played, 0 goals against
UBC: Sara Lowes (GC/63')
IMAGE CREDIT: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds