Chloe Werle (Soccer, U1) and Khaleal Williams (Football, Arts) have been named the Smitty's Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 25/11.
Werle (pronounced: Wer-lee) recorded back-to-back shutouts in identical 2-0 road wins against Regina on September 24-25 to vault the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team back into the playoff hunt in the Canada West standings.
In the first game, Werle had ten shots on goal and made one save in preserving a 2-0 win at Regina. On Sunday, Sept. 25, the second year goalkeeper had nine shots directed at her and Werle made six saves in another 2-0 road win. She was also named team MVP for the match.
The two wins improves Manitoba’s record to 2-4-0 and the Bisons are in eighth spot in Canada West standings and only four points back of a tie for third place.
Werle is now fifth in Canada West saves at 26, ninth in Canada West save percentage at .722 and tied for tenth in conference goals against average at 2.00.
Manitoba (2-4-0) now host UBC (3-1-1) on Saturday, October 1 and Trinity Western (4-1-0) on Sunday, October 2. Both games played at noon (12 p.m.) CT and held at the University of Manitoba Turf West Field.
Williams was dominant despite #10 Manitoba 29-23 road loss to #9 ranked UBC on Saturday, September 24. The fourth year QB went a sparkling 27-38 (71%) with 2 TDs and a game-high 391 yards. He added 74 rushing yards on ten carries. His completions and passing yards were one of the highest in Bison record book history.
The offensive output by the Bisons, led by Williams, wrecked the team's record book. The 34 first downs recorded tied the most by a Bison team and Manitoba totaled 607 yards on offence, which stands as the fourth most team total since records recorded in 1968. The 391 passing yards by Khaleal Williams is the fourth most recorded in team history and Williams' fourth 300 yard game in his CIS career. In addition, the 27 pass completions by Williams, ties for the second most in Bison history (Shane Munson (Sept. 6/02). Eight different Bison receivers caught at least one pass in the game.
The Winnipeg native threw for the most passing yards so far in a Canada West regular season game in 2011.
Williams is second in Canada West with 1160 passing yards and third with six conference passing touchdowns. In Canada West, he has thrown 77-134 (57.9%) and third in pass efficiency at 140.0. Plus, Williams is second in total conference offence with 1302 yards (1160 – pass; 142 – rush).
Manitoba (2-2) now travels to play in Regina against the Regina Rams (1-3) on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. local time.