2017-18 MRU Cougars Women's Soccer News

  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: Sept. 11-17, 2017
    September 18, 2017
    CALGARY – Two soccer stand outs have been chosen as the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of September 11-17, 2017.
  • Undefeated Griffins hand Cougars first loss
    September 17, 2017
    EDMONTON – The MacEwan University Griffins scored early and fought off a barrage of late corners from the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars to post a 1-0 win on Sunday that keeps them undefeated and atop the Canada West women’s soccer table.
  • Cougars shut out Timberwolves in gritty matchup
    September 15, 2017
    PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - In a battle of previously-unbeaten Canada West squads, the Mount Royal Cougars edged the UNBC Timberwolves 2-0 on Friday, September 15, 2017.
  • Cougars, Dinos Play Hard Fought Scoreless Draw in First Round of Crowchild Classic.
    September 10, 2017
    CALGARY- The Mount Royal University Cougars played hosts to the first Crowchild Classic match of the year against cross-town rivals the University of Calgary Dinos. The game was a hard fought battle between the two Calgarian sides but ultimately the match finished at 0-0. The first half saw the visitors control most of the possession and the Cougars had a few miscommunications in the first half which almost proved costly. Cougars keeper Cailyn Leeson was perfect on the day making a total of nine saves. The Dinos drew the first chance, inside five minutes, after a defensive miscommunication lead to a Dino forward jumping in between the defender and keeper and chipping a shot over the bar. Later Leeson was forced to be on her toes again, lunging backwards to tip the oncoming ball, shot from distance, over the bar at the last second. Afterwards, Calgary Dino Natalie Arnett weaved in between two Cougar defenders and found herself alone against Leeson. She drew the unsuspecting keeper to the top of her box, dribbled around her but ran out of real estate. This forced her to strike the ball against the near post instead of into the open goal.
  • Cougars withstand late Pronghorn pressure to win first game of the season
    September 09, 2017
    CALGARY-AB, Mount Royal Cougars women’s soccer season started off with a 2-1 victory against cross province opposition, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. A very steady first half had threatening chances come from both sides with Cougars keeper Cailyn Leeson being tested and was forced to be on her toes blocking away a few of breakaway chances and tipping some shots over the net. The Cougars connected on a good number of one-two’s to create chances from open play but couldn’t finish the close chances in front of goal Pronghorns however, put the first points on the board in the 22nd minute on a rebound tapped in courtesy of fifth year senior Nikki Furukawa after a shot on Leeson slipped off her body on the first shot and at a full stretched effort, couldn’t reach the oncoming second shot. Cougars answered right back in the 35th minute after Janai Martens lobbed a ball over the flatfooted Pronghorn defence to first year Jullien Ramírez who chested the ball down with class and slotted the ball in the top netting with precision on a volley to net her first of young season and tied the game at 1-1. Sophmore Quinn Hardstaff put away a penalty kick in the 54th minute on a handball call awarded by the referee to the home side. Third year Erin Holt started the second half as a point of emphasis for the Cougars causing trouble with every touch along the sidelines causing dangerous chances. With Holt motivating her squad, the Cougars kept the press at a high along with the intensity levels conatstntly stirring up a Pronghorn side that drew three yellow cards and keeping the chances coming. Carly Neis had the best chance off the early momentum swing as she chipped the ball over Lethbridge netminder Paige Gattafoni only to ring the ball of the crossbar. Lethbridge pressed late to try and steal points on the road but couldn’t crack a strong willed Cougars defence who picked up their first win of the season. Mount Royal hosts the first edition of the Crowchild Classic on Sunday morning against the Univeristy of Calgary Dinos with kickoff scheduled for 11am.
  • We Are The Cougars
    August 25, 2017
    Our new look embodies the pride, determination and focus that is a hallmark of not only our student athletes but of all our students, faculty and staff. #WeAreTheCougars To learn more about the new Cougars visual identity visit http://mru.ca/WeAreTheCougars