Women's soccer defender Dana Baker (Science) and Men's football returner Jeremy Botelho (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) have been named the Smitty's Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 13/09.
Dana Baker was a solid force throughout a historic weekend for the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer program. The squad captured their first ever road wins against Lethbridge and Calgary during the five year program’s history.
Baker was a key component to the victory as she was a strong presence in the defensive end as she played in every minute of the 6-2 win over Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday, September 12 and 1-0 win versus Calgary on Sunday, September 13.
The fifth year player had the Bison coaches heaping praise upon her effort to control the back and only allow two goals in two conference games to begin the 2009 season.
Manitoba has a 2-0-0 record and now prepares for home opener on Homecoming Day against the Saskatchewan Huskies (0-1-1) on Saturday, September 19 at a special time of 10 a.m. CT at University Stadium (U of M campus).
Bisons kick returner/receiver set a new Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) record when he returned a missed field goal 129 yards for a touchdown during the 41-7 road loss to #10 Simon Fraser on Friday, September 11. Under the current CIS rule, this is the longest possible return of a missed field goal and Botelho notched his first ever touchdown in his CIS career.
After a unsuccessful 30 yard field goal attempt by SFU’s Jason Cook, Botelho faked to go down on one knee in the back of the end zone and then proceeded to run the ball through a maze of players and streaked down the middle of the field for the record-breaking return play. The score gave the Bisons some momentum at the time and instead of 29-0, the Bisons only were down 26-7 at the end of the second quarter.
The Bison rookie produced 146 yards in return yards (punt and missed field goals) plus one kickoff return for 15 yards and added one reception for 15 yards in the loss.
Botelho is second in Canada West punt return average at 12.7 and tied for eighth in conference all purpose yards with 226.
Next action for Bison Football (0-2) is at home for their first home match of the 2009 season on Saturday, September 19 vs. UBC Thunderbirds (1-1) at University Stadium starting at 2 p.m. for the Homecoming Game.