The University of Alberta Pandas defeated the UFV Cascades women's soccer team 2-1 at Exhibition Field in Chilliwack Saturday.
The Cascades' Canada West record now stands at 1-1-0 for three points while the Pandas record improves to 1-0-1 for four points.
The Cascades, fresh off their 3-0 opening night victory over MRU, came out strong against the CIS No. 5-ranked Pandas, marching down the pitch for the game's first scoring opportunity as third year striker Carly Neeson, from Maple Ridge, just missed beating Pandas goalkeeper Kelti Biggs to right side of the Alberta net.
The Pandas pressured UFV's young defense and at the nine-minute mark the Pandas' Elise Emmott sent a perfect corner kick right in to the box where Carleigh Miller beat Biagioni to give Alberta the one-goal lead.
The Pandas kept the pressure on and seven minutes later scored again on an Amanda Black goal.
The Cascades started the second half the same way they did on Friday night, controlling the majority of play and creating several great scoring chances.
The Cascades continued to pressure Alberta and their hard work paid off late in the match when Abbotsford's Paige Friesen scored the Cascades' lone goal via a perfect corner kick by another Abbotsford native, Danielle Schmidt.
"(We) never quit and were rewarded with a late goal against a very well coached team in Alberta," said UFV head coach Robert Giesbrecht.