Knowing it would be their final games of the season, the SAIT Trojans and Keyano Huskies waged a spirited battle with the bronze medal on the line. The Trojans, who were mere seconds away from appearing in the gold medal game, made sure they left Lethbridge with a medal, earning a 5-1 victory.
SAIT grabbed a 1-0 lead at the half on the strength of a Skye Gordon goal. In the second half, the Trojans earned some breathing room as Jaime McPherson snuck a shot in under the bar to make it 2-0. But that padding lasted just 25 seconds before Blanca Palavecino fired in her sixth of the tournament to bring Keyano back within one.
With 10:00 left in the half, SAIT once again found the back of the net as a long shot by goalkeeper Amy Offredi snuck just over the line to make it 3-1. The Trojans, who were shocked by a last-minute comeback by King's University in the semifinals, made sure history would not repeat itself this time around as Mataya Blackney scored with 3:30 left and Taylor Zimmer scored with 10 seconds remaining to make it 5-1, which is how the game finished. The bronze medal is a great showing for the Trojans who are in their first season of ACAC futsal competition.
SAIT: Gordon, McPherson, Offredi, Blackney, Zimmer
Players of the game:
SAIT: Jaime McPherson
Keyano: Isabela Bustos Chaba