CALGARY- The Alberta Pandas soccer team earned their second-straight win over the Mount Royal Cougars on Sunday afternoon, routing the Cougars 6-0 at Cougar Field in Calgary.
Alberta had five different goal scorers, and completely took the game over in the second half. Aly Parth, Megan Duro (2), Brooke Lang, Karissa McNutt and Georgia Tansley all scored for Alberta on Sunday, while Rebecca Reif stopped both shots she faced to earn the clean sheet.
The first half was filled with chances for both sides to capitalise. Cougars forward Emily Sands got the ball in a favourable area at the 31st-minute mark, but her shot that slipped thorugh the hands of Reif was cleared from the goal line.
The missed chance came back to haunt the Cougars, as the Pandas would get on the board first in the 38th minute, lobbing the ball over Cougar netminder Cailyn Leeson.
The second half is when the Pandas, who earned an impressive 3-1 win over MRU the previous afternoon, completely took over. Alberta scored five second half goals, including a pair by Duro three minutes apart, as well as three more goals between the 63rd and 79th minute.
Following the nine goal weekend, the Pandas now have 22 goals, the third most in Canada West, while giving up a conference-low four goals. The Pandas also now have a five point cushion atop the Prairie Division standings, and need just one more win to clinch a post-season spot. Mount Royal, meanwhile, slips to 4-4-2, and into fourth place in the Prairie Division.
The Pandas will return home for arguably their biggest weekend of the season, as they host the nationally ranked UBC Thunderbirds (7-1-2) and Victoria Vikes (7-1-2) at Foote Field on Saturday and Sunday.