Desiree Scott (Soccer) and Nathan Friesen (Football) have been named the Smitty's Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 20/09.
Desiree Scott was a huge factor in propelling the Bison women’s soccer (3-1-0) team to a weekend home split against Saskatchewan and Alberta over the Sept. 19-20 weekend. Scott accumulated one goal and three assists in two games at the midfielder position.
The fifth year team captain started the weekend with a cracking goal from just outside the 18 yard box for her first goal of the 2009 season and pushed the Bisons to a 2-0 lead over Saskatchewan at the time. Later in the game, Scott added two more assists as Manitoba won 4-0 over the Huskies. In the second game of the weekend, Scott added one assist on the lone Bison goal of the match as she started the play, which led to striker Caley Miskimmin’s tally. Manitoba suffered their first loss of the season by a 2-1 score versus the Alberta Pandas.
Scott is now tied for second in Canada West women’s soccer scoring with five points (one goal, four assists) in just four conference games. In addition, she is tied for fourth with 14 conference shots and first in Canada West with four assists.
The Herd has a very important weekend as they travel out West to face the No. 3 ranked and conference leading Victoria Vikes (3-0-0) on Saturday, September 26 at 2 p.m. CT. the next day, the Bisons play against the Fraser Valley Cascades (2-1-0) on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. CT.
The Bison Football team bounced back from two tough road losses to begin the 2009 season by earning their first win of the season with a 36-10 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds (1-2) during the annual Homecoming Game on Saturday, September 19. Instrumental in the win was fifth year quarterback Nathan Friesen as he led the team with not only his arm, but his feet.
Friesen went 9-24 for 121 yards and one interception in the passing department and shone as well on the ground as he was the second leading Bison rusher with 80 yards on six carries with two touchdowns in the win.
The fifth year pivot electrified a huge home crowd with an option run for a 50 yard TD that produced the first Manitoba score of the game with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. It was his first TD of the 2009 season. In the second half, Friesen controlled the offense to three consecutive TD drives in a span of 12 minutes in the third quarter to salt away the home victory. Friesen was effective in balancing crisp throws and running plays and he finished the third drive with a one yard TD plunge to end the third quarter scoring.
Friesen is 20-58 for 257 yards with one TD and four picks after starting three games this season. In addition, on the ground, he has churned up 113 rushing yards on nine carries for a whopping 12.6 rush average.
The Bisons (1-2) have the bye week and then prepare for the Alberta Golden Bears (1-2) game on Saturday, October 3 at 2 p.m. CT at University Stadium.