EDMONTON – Thanks to a 22-point first half, the U SPORTS No. 10 ranked Lethbridge Pronghorns opened their season with a 27-0 win over the host Alberta Pandas, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
Sydney De La Mare scored a pair of tries for Lethbridge, while Savanna Collison, Abby Duguid and Hailey Driscoll also recorded majors for the ‘Horns. Caitlin Sears also added one convert.
“I was happy with the result, opening the season with a win. We showed really strong in the first half. Bit of concern with how our game levelled off in the second half, but full credit to the Pandas, who played much better defensively.” said Pronghorns head coach Neil Langevin.
“We mixed up the run-pass-kick in the first, and we were able to play both some tight and wide ball, which led to some points for us.”
The ‘Horns got off to a hot start scoring two tries in the first 13 minutes. The Pandas continued to struggle against a strong Pronghorns forward pack, who went on to score four of their five tries in the game.
Lethbridge was able to extend their lead with De La Mare scoring the first of her two tries in the game in the 23rd minute, while Driscoll was able to score a quick try along the sideline to finish the half. The Pronghorns entered the second half with a convincing 22-0 lead.
Looking to mount a second half comeback the Pandas struggled to create quick ball out of the rucks, with Lethbridge’s size too much to handle. The Pandas were strong with their initial contact in tackles, however the Pronghorns support was quick and efficient, allowing for clean off loads as they moved down field.
De La Mare was able to add her mark on the game for a second time after the Pronghorns forwards created a chance within the Pandas five-yard line, allowing for De La Mare to dive across the line off a pick-and-go.
“I’d like to see our girls have a bit more consistency later on this season. Canada West is so strong, and any team can win on any given day,” continued Langevin. “We can move the ball a bit better, but overall it’s great to start the season with a win.”
Each of the Pandas next three conference games will be on the road, starting with a trip down to Calgary for a match against the Dinos on September 14th. Lethbridge, meanwhile, will have a ‘bye’ next week, before hosting Calgary on September 21st.
1 2 F
ALB- 0 0 0
LET- 22 5 27
10' - LET Try - Savanna Collison (Caitlin Sears Convert) - LET 7-0
13' - LET Try - Abby Duguid (Convert Missed) - LET 12-0
23' - LET Try - Sydney De La Mare (Convert Missed) - LET 17-0
37' - LET Try - Hailey Driscoll (Convert Missed) - LET 22-0
64' - LET Try - Sydney De La Mare (Convert Missed) - LET 27-0