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Hinsche heroics not enough as TWolves fall 2-0 to Cougars

You won’t see many goalkeeping performances better than the one put forth by UNBC’s Brityn Hinsche. A heroic performance from the second-year keeper kept it close, as the Williams Lake product made highlight reel save after highlight reel save, but the University of Northern British Columbia Women’s Soccer team fell 2-0 to the Mount Royal Cougars on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 in Calgary, Alberta.

In the fourth minute, Timberwolves keeper Brityn Hinsche was tested on a great chance for Cougars forward Zyna Centeno, who sent a hard shot that looked labeled for under the bar. At the last second, the Williams Lake netminder punched the ball just over the crossbar to keep it scoreless.

In the 14th minute, after some contact in the box, MRU first-year Tamara Djurisic went down looking for a foul and was rewarded with a penalty kick. She stepped to the spot and beat Hinsche, who guessed correctly but couldn’t get enough of the shot, as Djurisic scored her sixth of the year to make it 1-0.

Hinsche continued her strong play in the 25th minute, first making a diving save on Jordan Grundl, before making an incredible jumping stop on a long-range Keilyn Stabler attempt just one minute later.

The Timberwolves did mount some pressure up the pitch, advancing into Cougars territory on a number of occasions, but were unable to make good on looks from Camryn Cline and Kambria Mellum late in the half.

UNBC came out hungry and intentional in the second half, as substitutes Fia Cameron, Lexy Green, Anna deWynter, and Morgan Holyk looked to put their stamp on the game with speed and energy.

The Cougars’ speed was significant, however, and MRU took advantage off a turnover in the 62nd minute. Kareena Kassam took a pass out wide, dribbled to the top of the box, and beat a sprawling Hinsche with a low shot inside the post, doubling the advantage.

The Brityn Hinsche show continued as the second-year keeper continued to do her mightiest to keep UNBC in the match. First, she made a sprawling save on a Centeno blast from 15 years out, before she turned away a Djurisic shot that looked labeled in the 71st minute.

Eventually, the referee would blow the whistle, with the Cougars claiming a 2-0 victory. But the story was Hinsche, who was spectacular in defeat, making a dozen saves, including a number of scintillating stops to keep the Timberwolves in the game

UNBC will now travel to Vancouver for a pair of games against the number one team in the country, the UBC Thunderbirds.

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