Pandas open pre-season with win over Ottawa

    Daines nets game-winner in fifth minute for Pandas

    By Ottawa Sports Information on August 16, 2018

    OTTAWA - For the first time since it’s opening in 2013, Gee-Gees Field played host to a Gee-Gees women’s soccer game. The venue will be home to both the varsity football and women’s soccer teams this season, as the soccer team prepares to host the U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship in November at the field.

    In a solid exhibition match, the Gee-Gees got their first taste of official game action in a 1-0 loss to the Alberta Pandas on Wednesday night.

    The Pandas, who finished atop the Canada West’s Prairie division last season with a record of 10-2-2, made the trip across the country for a three-game tour against Eastern Ontario opponent. The Pandas began their slate with the game against the Gee-Gees and will play Carleton and Queen’s before returning to Edmonton for their regular season play.

    The Pandas got action started early, with striker Sydney Daines scoring the difference maker five minutes into the match. The two teams challenged each other with back-and-forth physical play throughout the opening half, in the 38th minute, Gee-Gees defender Kayla Da Costa-Pacheco picked up a yellow card.

    On the ensuing free kick, Gee-Gees goalkeeper Hillary Damman, playing in her first game in Canada, made a remarkable one-handed save to stop the Alberta opportunity.

    As the game continued, both teams were able to make substitutions, integrating different players to develop and test their rosters while in training camp.

    Up next, the Gee-Gees will have a two more exhibition opportunities before the end of training camp and the opening of the the OUA regular season. The team’s conference schedule will kick off on the weekend of August 25 and 26 for matches against Nipissing and Laurentian in Northern Ontario.