2017-18 MRU Cougars Women's Soccer News

  • Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month: October
    November 01, 2017
    CALGARY - Jamal Watson and Haley Nicholson were named the Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month for the month of October.
  • Battle with Griffins ends Cougars season in heartbreaking loss
    October 27, 2017
    EDMONTON – Brittany Costa out-turned her boot and delivered a strike to the bottom right corner on the decisive penalty kick to give the MacEwan Griffins a 3-2 win over the Mount Royal Cougars in an epic marathon playoff opener at Foote Field on Friday.
  • Postseason takes Cougars to Edmonton to face Griffins
    October 24, 2017
    CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars women’s soccer team is having deja vu has they are slated to take on the MacEwan Griffins in the first round of the postseason for the second consecutive year.
  • Cougars come up short in Lethbridge
    October 22, 2017
    Lethbridge - With playoff positioning on the line the Lethbridge Pronghorns closed out the Canada West conference schedule with a 2-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars. Entering the final game of the conference schedule, the Mount Royal Cougars sat two points ahead of the Pronghorns for fourth place in the Prairie Division, while the Pronghorns also had the Manitoba Bisons nipping at their heels for fifth. With the win, the Pronghorns finish the regular season with a 5-7-2 record and in fourth place. The Pronghorns will travel to Langley to face the Fraser Valley Cascades in the Canada West women's soccer play-in game. The winner of that game will face the Trinity Western Spartans in the quarter-final Saturday.
  • Crowchild Classic match up ends in loss for Cougars
    October 21, 2017
    CALGARY – The latest installment of the Crowchild Classic was a successful one for the University of Calgary Dinos as they defeated the Mount Royal University Cougars 3-0 on Saturday at the West Varsity Soccer Pitch.
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: October 9-15, 2017
    October 16, 2017
    CALGARY - A pair of rookies have been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 9-15, 2017.
  • Cougars claw back and earn 3-3 draw with T-Birds
    October 15, 2017
    CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars hosted Univerisity of British Columbia Thunderbirds in their final home game of the season at Cougar Stadium field. The Thunderbirds got on the board twice early in the first half and unexpectedly conceded three in a row to close the first half. A third goal in the latter portion of the second half salvaged UBC a point against the Cougars, drawing the match 3-3. The first half was filled with action and the visiting T-Birds started the fun right from kickoff. UBC broke through MRU’s defence line and managed to solve second-year Cougar goalkeeper Miah Godek.
  • Cougars hold Vikes back, draw 0-0 on Senior's Day in Calgary
    October 14, 2017
    CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars hosted the University of Victoria Vikes on the annual Seniors Day for fifth-year students on Saturday afternoon at Cougar Stadium Field, drawing a hard-fought 0-0 game. The Oct. 14 match-day was special enough as is but also had huge playoff stipulations for the Cougars who needed a win to secure their spot in the Canada West quarter-finals. Victoria was sitting in second place coming into the match and already had a playoff berth to their name. In the first 45, it was the visiting Vikes who kept the pressure on the home Cougars playing possession and sending balls in from the wide, but a resilient Cougar defence held their own. Victoria had a chance that could’ve changed the outcome of the game late in the half.
  • Cougars fall late to Pandas
    October 07, 2017
    EDMONTON - A couple of late goals by the home team broke a 1-1 tie, as the No.9 University of Alberta Pandas extending their undefeated streak to six games with a 3-1 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars, Saturday afternoon at Foote Field. Sophomore middles Kiera Fujimoto and Anna Dunn each tallied their first goal of the season, while fourth-year forward Sydney Daines scored her team-leading fifth goal, and third game-winner, to go along with one assist. Third-year forward Erin Holt notched the lone goal for the Cougars, her team-leading third tally of the season, in a losing effort. With the win, Alberta improves to 6-1-2 and needs only one more win to clinch a playoff spot. Mount Royal moves to 4-3-2, falling out of a second-place tie in the Prairie Division and now sits fourth; only the top six teams in the Prairie division qualify for the post-season. The home team opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a brilliant three-way passing play, fourth-year forward Karissa McNutt crossing the ball into the box to Daines, using a one-time header to vault the ball toward Fujimoto in the middle, who also headed the ball and placing it into the far corner. The Cougars responded only 10 minutes later, however, with Holt taking advantage of a free kick from distance, with the help of some blustery weather, to curl the ball over third-year netminder Cassie Bazzarelli and underneath the crossbar to make it a 1-1 game. The Pandas continued firing on the Mount Royal net, a total of 18 shots in the first half, but the teams entered the locker room knotted at one. Alberta persisted in outshooting the Cougars in the second half and though Daines subbed out of the game late in the first half, head coach Liz Jepsen brought her back in the 67th minute for a bigger offensive push, succeeding when Daines and third-year forward Brenna Mattiello connected on a two-on-one in tight in the 79th minute. Dunn potted the insurance marker at the start of the 90th minute, putting home a rebound from McNutt to seal the victory. The home-and-home series between the two squads finishes on Sunday with a game at 11 a.m. MT in Calgary.
  • Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month: September
    October 05, 2017
    CALGARY - Caitlin Heim and Josh Munoz were named the Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month for the month of September. 
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athlete of the Week: Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017
    October 02, 2017
    CALGARY - Goalkeeper Cailyn Leeson has been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1.
  • Nicholson’s 86th-minute marker salvages a point against Regina
    October 01, 2017
    Calgary-AB. Mount Royal University Cougars finished off their all-Saskatchewan homestand with a four-point weekend on another Sunday morning against the Regina Cougars, drawing the game 1-1 on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon.The weather played a huge factor in the first half, slowing the pace of the game tremendously with neither team being able to successfully create a chance against the other early on in the game. Regina used a dump-and-chase tactic to speed by the MRU defence line in an attempt to find pockets of open space and followed up with driving in balls with pace. In the 35th minute, Regina found the back of the net following a set-piece. Brianna Wright played a cross into the far post of MRU net. Her driven ball was put away by Sally Bachmann, who managed to find an empty pocket inside the six-yard box. The headed effort on net found the back of the netting and gave her side the first mark on the board.
  • Cougars shutout the top dogs at home
    September 30, 2017
    CALGARY-AB, Mount Royal Cougars hosted top dogs of Canada West, Saskatchewan Huskies at Cougar Stadium Field on a crisp Saturday morning, winning the decision 2-0. The Cougars almost found the back of the net minutes into the game. Off open-play, Emily Sands struck the post after a scramble inside Saskatchewan’s box. Moments after that, Janai Mertens had herself the chance of the half. A collapsing Huskie defence allowed for the Cougars to set up shop inside their half, Mertens found her self on the wing of the Saskacthewan defence line. Mertens recived a pass and found herself one-on-one with the Huskie keeper Jadyn Steinhauer ultimately stopped the chance. The pressure still mounting, the Cougars finally found the back of the net. Third-year forward Erin Holt took matters into her own hands after goalkeeper Cailyn Leeson made a key save to initiate the counter-attack. With the defence clearing the ball down the line and away from harm, Holt sprung down the wing and from a tight angle. She chipped the Huskie goalkeeper to give the home team an early advantage. Huskies started pressing in their own right, forcing Leeson to show her best talents in the early point of the game. A lob was played for Taneil Gay on the far post and was standing alone. The wind caught the ball and gave the scrambling Cougar defence time to improvise into a formation. With bodies flying everywhere, Gay managed to strike the ball but a sprawling Leeson stopped a sure goal from going into the empty net. Huskie midfielder Megan Ripplinger mimicked a Holt-like attempt inside the last couple of minutes of the half, but her chance sailed over Leeson and inches away from the post. Holt’s mark was the only goal for the half, giving her team a 1-0 edge going into the break. Cougars started the half on the front-foot, almost scoring yet again just minutes into play. Julien Ramirez was on the receiving end of Holt’s work after she dribbled around Steinhauer and slid a pass to her. Ramirez approached the shot with power but the ball had a slight bounce off the ground, the powerful strike rose over the empty net. Saskatchewan's best chance of the half came from, who attempted to lob a pass into the box had the help of the wind carry the ball to the net, but nicked the woodwork and out. Mertens managed to capitalize in the 68th minute off of a set piece, driving the ball low and past all the bodies and into the bottom corner to give the Cougars a 2-0 edge. Eventual player-of-the-game Leeson won the game for the Cougars and was proven evident in the second half. The Cougar netminder kept making clutch save after clutch save, blocking goal line attempts and one-one-ones and any other chance the desperate Huskies that came her way. MRU went on to pick up a 2-0 victory against Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan travels to the province’s capital to face the Alberta Pandas at 11 am while the Cougars finish off their homestand in an all-Cougars match against Regina with kickoff ready for 11 am.
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: Sept. 17-24, 2017
    September 25, 2017
    CALGARY – Midfielders Jeff Blake and Kaitlin Brown have named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of September 18-24, 2017.
  • Cougars bounce back with big win against Manitoba
    September 24, 2017
    WINNIPEG – The Mount Royal Cougars beat the Manitoba Bisons 3-0 at the University of Manitoba West Turf Fields on Sunday Sept. 24. With the loss, the Bisons fall to 1-4-1 and the Cougars move to 3-2-1 in Canada West play. On a wet, cold afternoon in Winnipeg, the Cougars quick start in the first half was enough to see the victory through. Cougar forward Kaitlin Brown scored the game winner early on, tapping home a Navroop Virk cross in the fourth minute. Six minutes later, Cougar forward Erin Holt danced her way into the Manitoba 18-yard box, and fired a hard shot over Bison goalkeeper Justina Jarmoszko. Bison midfielder Hailey Lavarias had a good chance to split the lead in half in the 15th minute but her shot was swallowed up by Cougar goalkeeper Cailyn Leeson. Five minutes later, Bison midfielder Rebecca Martin had a shot off a corner, but it just rolled past the post. In the 22nd minute, Cougar defender Caitlin Heim scored a highlight reel goal. Heim collected the ball 30 yards out, and took a shot, watching it sail into the top right corner. Manitoba had another good chance off a corner just before the half, with Lavarias watching her shot go just past the post. With the rain coming down harder, and the Cougars content to sit on their 3-0 lead, the second half was lackluster. Manitoba had a couple chances to cut into the Mount Royal lead, however. Bison midfielder Amanda Wong curled a low shot from the edge of the 18 yard box in the 52nd minute, but Leeson was there to stymie her. Perhaps the best chance the Bisons had was when midfielder Florin Wagner floated in a high cross, which found Sara Schur, who aimed her header for the far corner, but it just went wide. Alyssa Daley appeared to find the back of the net when she took a shot from in tight, but it went off the side netting. Despite dominating possession in the second half, Manitoba could not find any offence, and the Cougars held on to win 3-0. The Bisons head out on the road on Sept.30 and Oct. 1 to play the Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns. The Cougars will host the Saskatchewan Huskies and Regina Cougars on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Players of the Game: Mount Royal: Hailey Lafave Manitoba: Hailey Lavarias
  • Cougars Suffer Heavy Loss in Winnipeg
    September 23, 2017
    WINNIPEG, MB - Three first half goals in the opening 20 minutes lifted the University of Winnipeg Wesmen to a 4-0 shutout victory over the Mount Royal University Cougars Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex in Winnipeg. Jamila Calvez, Maeghan Lindsay and Inga Christianson all found the back of the net early on to give the home team a quick 3-0 lead. Shae-Lynn Dodds scored late in the second half to close out the scoring. First year Wesmen goalkeeper Madison Fordyce made seven saves to pick up her first career U SPORTS shutout. Winnipeg with the win improves to 1-3-1, the Cougars with the loss drops to 2-2-1 in the Canada West Women's Soccer conference standings. Calvez, the Wesmen team captain opened the scoring in the 3rd minute taking a pass from Tyler Johnson and beating Cougars goalkeeper Cailyn Leeson with a perfect shot to the upper right corner. Maeghan Lindsay made it 2-0 in the 8th minute off a feed from Alexis Dolinski beating Leeson with a perfectly placed shot for her team leading third goal of the season. The Wesmen offensive explosion was not done yet. Fourth year midfielder Inga Christianson took a feed from Shae-Lynn Dodds in the slot to make it 3-0, 19 minutes into the contest. Winnipeg went into the halftime break with a 3-0 lead. At the start of the second half Mount Royal made a change in net replacing Leeson with second year goalkeeper Miah Godek. Dodds closed out the scoring in the 85th minute picking up a rebound off a Gelsomina Vanderhooft shot to make the score 4-0. Stats: Winnipeg had the advantage in total shots by a 13-9 margin. Fordyce made seven saves for the Wesmen while Leeson/Godek combined to make four saves. Upcoming: Both teams will be in action on Sunday afternoon. Winnipeg will host the Alberta Pandas while the Cougars will take on the Manitoba Bisons.
  • 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